Hi👋, I am a wife and mother of two wonderful children. Oh and can’t forget our adorable pup. I look forward to connecting with other parents on the same path in life. Hopefully you will enjoy some of the activities & recipes I post. Until next time, take care ❤
Looking for a way to kill time with your littles this weekend? Try making some flower art for loved ones. These are so simple directions aren’t even needed.
We added glitter to some and they look great, but if you like your sanity…don’t🥴 haha. Hope ya’ll have a Happy Valentine’s Day❤Take Care!
I have to admit getting this recipe right was quite enjoyable. These soft baked cookie puffs or puffins, as we call them around here, are a real tasty treat the whole family will feel good about indulging. With peanut butter, cinnamon, and chocolate flavors, every bite is also protein packed and fiber filled for that healthy balance.
3/4 C. Kodiak Cakes Cinnamon Oat Mix
1/2 C. Butter
1/2 C. Chocolate Chip Morsels
4 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Flax Seed
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Avocado Oil
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 C. Water
2.5 oz. Vanilla Yogurt
Cook Time: 15 min.
Preheat Oven: 350°
1. Whip butter, peanut butter, oil, and yogurt, and honey in a bowl
2. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl
3. Combine whipped ingredients and dry ingredients adding the water to help fusion
4. Fold chips into dough like mixture
5. Form ping pong sized balls and space them on non stick cookie sheet
6. Bake 15 minutes
7. Enjoy after cooling several minutes
Leftover pumpkin from Fall decorations? Create this melting snow person with just a few steps. Get the kids involved to save time. My littles really enjoyed helping pick out and paint rocks.
Here is what you’ll need:
* White, Red, Black Acrylic Paint
* Rocks (30-ish)
* Cellophane (clear gift wrap)
* UV Spray (optional)
Step 1- Paint the face
Using black paint (or Sharpie) make eye and mouth ovals. Also trace the outline of carrot nose with it’s notches.
Step 2-Paint the rest of the pumpkin white. Don’t forget the tip of the stem because it will be the pom pom on the hat.
Step 3-Paint the stem red
Step 4-Paint rocks white, except for three smallish roundish ones. Those need to be painted black for the buttons.
Step 5-Paint a white puddle on cellophane
Step 6-Pick a spot and assemble snowman
Once everything is dry, carefully place rocks and pumpkin on cellophane. If you picked a spot outdoors spraying a coat of UV protectant might be a good idea. Hopefully, you have a few dead branches lying around from the last frost. I’m still debating if I want to add a scarf…will you? Make your melting snow person and post it under this “pin.” Looking forward to seeing your creations🤗
With so many suffering around the world today, let’s remind ourselves of the truth. Let us push aside fear and strengthen our faith. Know that across the world someone is praying for your preservence. I am sure many are praying for you.
Some may try to fool you into thinking prayer is useless, that there is no God, and that the Bible is fictitious. I challenge you to spend time in prayer and reading the Bible. Sure some parts of the book are difficult to comprehend or swallow, but do not let that stop you. I pray you feel some sense of comfort, hope, love, or peace after reading the scriptures below.
If you enjoyed spending time in God’s word, but do not have a Bible Dollar Tree sells them for a dollar plus tax. Even better download the free YouVersion Bible App where you have access to the Bible in different versions including Easy to Read Version. There are also devotional plans for pretty much every possible situation. You can even invite friends to join a plan so that you can all discuss it. All images with scripture in this post came from YouVersion, some were created by them and some were created by myself using the app.
Until next time,
This is such an easy, cute activity to do with children and just in time for Valentine’s Day! The idea came from my 1st grader’s Children’s Church. It is a great visual to show God’s intentions for love.
You will need just 5 items….
Fill the cup up about a fourth of the way. On the paper towel draw a large heart and several smaller hearts nearby using the ink pen. Now fill in the large heart with red marker. This one represents God’s love for us.
Now place the bottom of the paper towel in the cup of water.
After a several minutes, your young ones will witness how we can share and spread love with others.
As the smaller hearts are filled the large one turns white again so I took the lesson a step further. It is so important to continuously spend time in prayer, scripture, and worship. Because that is how Christian hearts stay full.
I recently read a quote that resonated with me to my core. Our family’s spiritual life has been so enriched since serving our church, but I’m suddenly at a low and this was right on time.
YOU’RE 👏WORTHY 👏OF 👏A 👏FULL 👏CUP☕
Sorry to be extra, but it is so true! I hope you enjoy doing this simple activity with the kiddos. Until next time, take care💞
It’s been awhile. We have been some busy bees🐝 Well sick bees too…nothing serious…just the flu, sinus infections, and upper respiratory virus. That’s right… (Oprah voice) you get a virus and you get a virus and you get a virus. 🎉
Needless to say, we have been home alot and needed to bring some extra holiday cheer.
Now for the fun stuff! Being the weather here is usually yucky at this time and we only have a 4 foot tree, the inflatables stay indoors for our littles to enjoy. First, we started with Unicorn Ring Toss!
Next, our 6 year old played ring toss on Chase’s ear while our 3 year old tried tossing rice sacks in his wreath. Festive, fun, and great games for hand eye coordination.
If you are tired of all the paper towel roll crafts, try this. We made snowmen ornaments using old glasses lenses. Maybe you have an old pair laying around somewhere. Sunglass lenses may even work. We found our lenses at a recycling center downtown for .25 cents a piece.
These are just a couple of activities we are using to pass the time until we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Of course we have been drinking hot cocoa and watching a few Christmas movies. Besides the holiday episodes on common children’s stations we have a couple of new favorites. The Star🌟 is an adorable movie about the Journey of Jesus’ birth told by Bo a donkey that belongs to Mary and Joseph. It has adorable characters and we are absolutely in love with the soundtrack! We also discovered a series called Bible Adventures from the kid devotionals on the YouVersion Bible App. You can also find them on Youtube.
To boost morale around here we have also been going through a season of digital detox and it is amazing. Yes we watch a movie here and there and I’m on here now, but other than that no more face in a screen(even if it is timed & educational).
Another change of season is we aren’t buying toys. We have found toys just get dumped and thrown around. The things our kids want and the things they actually enjoy are not toys. They love things to do so we are focusing on that. No more battery operated toys because:
3. No Safe Disposal
If your kids are like mine. Focus on things for building-legos, foam blocks, magnatiles/formers. Family board games, wooden puzzles, look & find books, or art supplies are great options as well. Even better if you can find a gift that also gives! For example, Cuddle & Kind provides artisans in Peru jobs making heirloom quality stuffed animals that help feed children. Now that is the spirit of Christmas!
Well if you made it this far, haha, bless you! Happy holidays, whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Christmas. Rejoice🙌a savior is born👑
Being that Sugarcane is a pretty important crop around here I wanted to create a craft to go with our agricultural lesson. We rinsed out and recycled some of our to-go cups so the project was low cost. In just a few easy steps we had a craft showing not only the stalk and leaves, but what is growing underground drinking water and collecting nutrients from the soil.
What you will need:
-yellow & brown paint
-green construction paper
-small jute string
We did the painting first to allow drying time. Paint the straw (or stalk) yellow.
Now paint the cup and lid brown. Put them aside to dry.
Next, unravel some jute to make some roots.
Cut up your green construction paper into smaller rectangles. Then cut about half inch slits for leaves.
Once the cups and straws are dry, pass the straw through the lid. You may need to touch up some yellow paint because it flakes a bit. Wrap the construction paper around the straw and tape in place. Gently fan out leaves by bending a few of them back.
Last, slide jute inside of the bottom of the straw and attach it with tape. There you have it! Both my 6-year-old and almost 3-year-old were able to make this craft without much help. So if you decide to try this it can be a pleasant activity for a variety of ages.
Like this activity? Please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.
I am so excited to have two books that have been in the works FINALLY in the Amazon Bookstore😀 As a busy mom it has been quite the task carving out time to work on this little writer’s dream of mine, but I truly enjoy the process!
About the books…
#1 First up is a short tale inspired by the classic children’s book and my life growing up as a country girl. Three Cajun Pigs were brothers and neighbors who had eachother’s backs when Dawolf pursued them one day. Enjoy getting to know the characters and having a chuckle with the whole family.
#2 Well it’s no secret people down south have a love for food and family. One of the best feelings is having loved ones gathered at the table enjoying one of my recipes. Fueling the Cape Cookbook is an excellent choice for inexperienced cooks or busy parents. The title was inspired by my little ones of course. They love playing super heroes and well that takes fuel.
Thanks for dropping by and as always…
Since natural disasters can happen at any moment it is good to be prepared both mentally and physically. It is helpful to think of storm prep in a fire drill type aspect since weather can be so unpredictable, causing panic at the last minute. Here are some preparation tips:
- Fluids-Obviously, right? The suggested amount of water is approximately a gallon a day per person for 3 days (two weeks if possible). Just make sure to store it in a good place because if flooding occurs even unopened water will need to be thrown out. Because water has a good shelf life why not stay stocked up in advance, as opposed to fighting the crowds to find empty pallets? If you do find yourself in a bind, go for juices and meal replacement drinks with low added sugar since sugars can assist in dehydration. It is also suggested to fill tubs and sinks with water for washing dishes, bathing, and flushing the toilets.
- Food-For this last Tropical Storm, I passed the empty sections of aisles where bread and Vienna Sausage used to be. People looked nervous about what to eat. While those are classic hurricane foods, this is a time when it is a plus the number of processed foods that are on the shelves. Especially if you own a non-electric can opener and bbq pit. This makes heating up things like beans easy. You could also warm water to cook things like oatmeal or mac-n-cheese. A small generator can make using small appliances such as a crockpot and panini press easy. Because of power outages, heat, and humidity, you may not feel like cooking much. Chilled foods, such as yogurt or boiled eggs, are nutritious options as well if you plan on having an ice chest.
- Freeze half of your liquids beforehand to act as ice. Frozen juice pouches can make delicious slushy treats to cool off.
- Check for expired medications-This is one lesson I will not forget due to my most recent experience. I found myself driving through rain passing a slanted electrical pole and over a flooded coulee bridge to get my toddler Claritin and Benedryl gel for an allergic reaction. God bless the woman working at CVS!
- Prep your home-collect and anchor/tie up any patio furniture, trampolines, etc. If living in an area often affected by flooding then the less stuff the better. Keep valuables off of the ground, but remember a tornado could rip the roof off and ruin them anyway so keepsakes and such should really be kept in safes or waterproof containers. Make sure to have sandbags handy. We purchased plywood and cinder blocks with the use of a few sandbags to help keep water out of our front entryway. If you find yourself short of sandbags then fill heavy-duty garbage bags with soil or other non-buoyant items. Do not forget to leave room for exiting at one doorway so you can escape if need. It can be a plus to have mold fighting cleaners in stock so that if flooding happens cleaning can start straight away.
- Pack a bag-Include one lightweight outfit per person(extra undies of course)sealed in gallon ziplock bags. In another ziplock bag have important documents that you may need if evacuated. A small first aid kit may come in handy (include important meds) Have a smaller ice chest or lunch box ready to bring pack a few bottles of water and snacks to hold you over in case disaster relief is stalled.
- Know the dangers-Research safety precautions when it comes to turning off the breaker box and the dangers of electric shock in floodwaters. Cover open cuts/sores with waterproof bandages to avoid flesh-eating bacteria. Try to avoid splashes of floodwater in the nostrils. Also, be cautious flooded water causes dangerous animals such as snakes, spiders, ants, mice, and even alligators to look for safety which just might be your home.
Hopefully, you have found these tips helpful. If you are able, once you have yourself taken care of, reach out to any elders, disabled, and pregnant neighbors (that have husbands offshore or overseas) to ensure they will be safe. Remember, your headache is someone else’s Godsend.
The place where your choices affect everyone and everyone feels the need to voice their opinion about it. Sorry, were you expecting something more positive? I’ll get there in a minute.
I just want you to be prepared as new parents. There’s the one who will tell you not to complain about your swollen ankles because you chose to get pregnant or some women wish they could be pregnant. There’s the “don’t eat too much of that, you are gonna get fat” person.
Then here comes baby yay! But there’s the “I know all things baby and you should do what I say” person. There’s also the “Oh you’re that mom” eye rolling person. There is the get in their face and touch them stranger. There’s the come over with a cold saying it’s good for their immunity (even though that’s what vaccines are for and they won’t be there to care for your sick child or pay the medical bills) person.
Then when your baby isn’t new anymore there will be no-one.
So here is the good part…you can’t control others, but you can control yourself. Maybe by the hardest because well, hormones. You would think Vet moms would take that into consideration, but they don’t. I am only now starting to realize how they can forget so much. It is because everything is passing by at such a fast pace that it is hard to store every memory and emotion.
My regret is letting others take away the joy of motherhood. Because it affected me, it affected my family. That is why I am sharing this. So you know that it is not you and you know people will have an opinion no matter what. So make the decisions that are best for you and your family with confidence. Do your very best to ignore the rest. Because there will be enough difficult parenting moments and the years really do start to fly by.
Open those tired eyes a little wider and focus on all of the sweet amazing moments. There may be times of loneliness where you feel underappreciated, but there really isn’t a person on Earth (besides maybe your mom) that will love you more than your baby. So guard your heart and be the strong, happy mommy he/she deserves.
Also, you and dad need each other and more importantly baby needs both of you! When you get snappy because of sleep deprivation and hunger forgive each other quickly. Forgive yourself as well. Communicate your needs. Give each other support, encouragement, and rest. And remember a family that works together, plays together, and prays together is way more likely to stay together.
Take care 💕
Still haven’t figured out what to give your main man to show your appreciation yet? I got you! Below is a list that may include the perfect gift idea.
Who doesn’t love a good do-dad that makes life a bit easier? Personally, I went for the magnetic wristbands this year and can’t wait to hand them out.
Here is a recent article by Adam Bryan of 34 Best Subscription Boxes for Men if that is something in your budget. It would be like the gift that keeps on giving.
Maybe your husband works a lot or dad/grandpa is having trouble keeping up with the lawn. Finding a local lawn service and paying for a round or two of yard maintenance may be a great idea. Another service that the fellas are sure to appreciate is being treated to a haircut so head over to nice guy salon, such as Sports Clips, for a gift certificate.
Let’s be honest, we have all caught our man using at least one of our beauty products. So let’s stock them up with their own. I recommend Duke Cannon. Not only does my husband love them, but the proceeds go to our Veterans. An added bonus is that the labels include some humorous descriptions that your guys are sure to appreciate. Great news! Target is offering buy one get one 25% off now until 6/15.
You may want to consider getting a Redcard for an extra 5% off everyday purchases,
free 2-day shipping (no minimum), and extended return policy. They offer both debit and credit cards. Combined with cartwheel deals, you can save so much!
Until next time…
Take care and Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing misters out there!
Tired of the same old nuggets? Here is a recipe both kids and adults can enjoy…
Not Your Nuggets
Servings: 6 Cook Time: 30 min.
1 ½ lb. Chicken Breast
¼ c. Crispy Onions
¼ c. Sunflower Seeds
¼ tsp. Turmeric
¼ tsp. Ginger
¼ tsp. Salt
1 ½ c. Cheese Garlic Croutons
¼ c. Mustard
¼ c. BBQ Sauce
-Preheat oven to 425º
-Mix crispy onions, sunflower seeds, croutons, turmeric, ginger, and salt in a food processor
-Pour mixture into a container
-Mix mustard and BBQ sauce into a separate container
-Cut chicken into nugget sized pieces
-Coat nuggets with sauces then press into crumb mixture until evenly crusted
-Place nuggets on a lined baking sheet and cook for 30 or until internal temperature is 165º
Enjoy alone, with your favorite dip, or on top of a salad🍴
1. Reading Center
2. Music Center
3. Art Center
4. Make Believe Center
5. Building Center
6. Active Center
Since I chose the theme for our daughter’s first birthday I asked my husband to choose for our son’s. Surprise!! He picked Peanuts as he was a big fan growing up. I was rooting for Boss Baby since our son is a squishy blonde babe, but I have to say the Charlie Brown theme was a piece of cake, right down to the cake.
All it took was two round 8×8 pans, chocolate cake mix, vanilla frosting, yellow food dye, and black decorative icing. Can’t forget the candle of course. If you chose to use the figurines, place a dab of icing to make them stay put.
Our location was at a new playground/splash pad because both of our kids have birthdays during the warm season. Luckily, pizza and salad delivery were available so that was one less thing we had to carry across the park. I’m so happy with how the themed snack tray turned out. Just use goody bags, peanuts, peanut m&ms, and peppermint patties.
Another theme that would be super cute to do d-do for a summertime birthday party is baby shark! If you agree, check out these decorations on Amazon.
Our daughter’s 1st birthday was underwater themed, but baby shark was not as popular 5 years ago. I think her party still came out pretty cute. I’ll have to dust off some old photos to share with you.
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Would you look at all of these awesome blocks that I picked up from Dollar Tree! I did not include these in the price of the tray because you may already have Legos. My kids had some Duplo blocks, but none of what I call big kid blocks. So I was very stoked to find this at an affordable price.
My last post mentioned that we just got back from a quickation. Even though the stay was short the drive was not especially for our toddler. These trays really helped keep the kids occupied. The best part is the cost was under $20 for 2 trays. Here is you Dollar Tree shopping list
-container w/ a lid
-printed duct tape
Wipe down and dry trays.
Plan design for strips and use glue to secure them in place. Make sure the strips line up precisely. At first, I glued the container into the tray. After traveling though I learned that with two trays it was not space saving. So I unglued the containers and will add strips to the rest of the tray that way we can stack them and place both containers inside on our next trip.
Now tape the outside and inside of trays so that little blocks don’t escape through the holes. Plus it adds stylish character to the tray don’t you think?
If you are not a D.I.Y. person or just don’t have the extra time then check out this super convenient My Brik Case by ModFamily. It has pretty good reviews and is priced decent. So, it is up to you if you would rather play around with a custom look or simply click for an equally neat one shipped right to your door. Either way, your kid is sure to enjoy traveling with their beloved blocks.
Until next time, take care❤
Ugh…meal times, right?
My kids were not picky when starting solids, but I have found their taste buds had to be redeveloped after two. They loved a variety of foods as infants, but once they were introduced to sugary salty snacks they no longer wanted anything healthy.
If you can relate to this and want some tips, here is what has helped us…
1-be the example…if you are an adventurous eater, chances are they will be too
2-keep them busier with only small healthier snacks between meals so they are good and hungry when meals are served
3-sit down with a healthy snack and sure enough, their hands will be in the bowl even though they said no to that snack earlier (like 10 times)
4-allow them to take small tastes of things without feeling pressure to swallow or eat more
5-even if they did not like it last time, ask again their taste buds may have changed
6-have them pretend to be giraffes, rabbits, or puppies while you feed them spinach, carrots, etc.
7-deconstruct meals/use cute shapes-for example instead of a rolled taco place meat in one section, cheese in another, and tortilla stars in another
The kids snatched this salad mix off of the counter while I was preparing dinner. Their bodies know what they need so even if chocolate is requested at every meal they actually want the healthy stuff as well. Sometimes it just takes more effort.
So these tips are exactly how I developed my little one’s palettes and got them back on track with better nutrition. Best of luck to you! I know it is a constant battle. Just keep trying and know that one tiny bite of carrot puts like .04% more vitamin A into their system (#winning)!
Disclaimer: the above percentage is probably wrong, but you get the point😉
Also if you are really concerned with your child’s nutrition please consult a pediatric nutritionist.
Take care mama❤
Soooo, I made a promise to my daughter that if she really focused on her schoolwork and passed Kindergarten that we would take her to the nearest Legoland. The website made it look like a blast for all kids, but when our school year ended and I read the reviews…I regretted that promise. Many of the reviews said it was overpriced. We thought well there is a splash pad that our kids will love if anything. So we purchased the tickets early online to get the small discount.
I know right now this sounds like a where not to go, but stick with me. Luckily, Groupon was running deals for the Great Wolf Lodge. Which is an amazing hotel with tons of things to do. I see that promotion has run out so keep checking back.
Just minutes away is Grapevine Mills where Legoland is located. There is also a Peppa Pig World that the kids would have loved, but it had so many negative reviews. It is a shame more places don’t keep their facilities clean and charge so much for entering. Legoland was a bit lackluster, especially for little ones. The lighting is pretty dark in most areas and I wish there were booklets to show how to build different things at each station. Oh, and the splash pad was not even available because it does not open until May 24th. Whomp Whomp👎
So honestly, we would have been better off saving the admission fees and just buying a large lego set. There is so much to do at the GWL anyway so just save your money for that. We were able to book a 2-night standard room for just $99/night. It is a bummer that the outdoor pool is closed during the week, but for the price including a huge indoor waterpark is amazing! Plus, with an arcade, shops, and restaurants there is really no need to leave the lodge.
Things to know about your stay at GWL…
1. Check-In may be hectic depending on the day. Make sure to have your Groupon(or Priceline, etc.) deal printed out and call the lodge beforehand just to make sure they have your reservation.
2. All you need is your wristband to pay for anything and everything in the entire lodge. So convenient…just remember your budget!
4. You can arrive as early as 1 p.m. on the day of check-in and leave as late as 8 p.m. on the day of check-out. *Your wristband will not work past 11 a.m. though so make sure to bring your own towels and buy food before then or have your wallet on you.
5. That’s right they provide towels so you can have new dry ones each time you are getting wet! Just bring cover-ups to walk back to the room from the waterpark.
6. There is a microwave and mini fridge in the newly renovated room. Since the food places are pricey we brought Devour brand alfredo, EZ mac, Kodiak muffin cups, etc. Because we arrived on Mother’s Day we splurged at the Lodge Grill. The service and food were superb. We ordered the spinach and artichoke appetizer (yum😋) and the family meal which was way more bbq meat than most places give, but the sides could have been a bit larger. With plenty of leftovers, they gave us to go boxes that are conveniently microwavable with steam tops so we were able to heat it up in our room for dinner the next night.
*Highly recommend Blue Goose Cantina near Grapevine Mills if you like Mexican dishes👍👍 Quick Trip is a great place to fuel up and pick up fast-food. They offer a wide variety of coffee, including frozen cappuccino. They also have a wide variety of inexpensive fast-food options from Lunchables, fruits, yogurt, hot dogs, pizza, taquitos, etc.
7. If you are too tired, as were, to bring your kids back down for storytime…it plays on the t.v. in the room. I forgot which channel…like 3 or one of the lower numbers.
Well, that is about all the advice on a great family trip to North Texas. There is more to do in Grapevine though such as Altitude H2O and the other lake parks. The vintage train ride would be neat to take as well so we want to return to the area again sometime. Actually this weekend there is a Main Street Festival that I wish we could have stayed and experienced.
Now let’s travel East and South!
1. Claiborne West Park in Vidor is a huge park with lots of room to stretch your legs and a couple of nice playground areas.
2. Our kids enjoyed the Beaumont Children’s Museum very much. This was on the way home so we didn’t get to take a local’s suggestion of taking the ferry
3. Topgolf in Webster was a very cool place. It was too soon to bring our toddler being that you golf off of the second story, but a fun experience for big kids and adults.
4. Kemah Boardwalk is cool to walk around. If we go back I would skip the overpriced unattended carnival rides and just visit the Aquarium Restaurant. Feeding the stingrays can be very interesting haha!
5. Seaside Inn in Galveston had great reviews and a buy 2 nights get a 3rd free special so we stayed there. The people were nice, but the breakfast was stale and the carpet in our room was disgusting. There is a restaurant with a nice pool in front that we got to use while staying there which was great, but the restaurant’s food wasn’t worth the cost unless you eat off of the happy hour menu…then maybe. If you know of a better place to stay please share!
6. Down the road at Texas Pit Stop the bbq was delicious so I definitely recommend there. Papa’s Pizza is a buffet style pizza place with delicious food as well. Try the spaghetti! It may look basic, but my goodness Papa has a secret in his sauce-yum!
*F.Y.I. there is a Walmart near these restaurants
For more suggestions read 40 Places to See in Texas Before Your Kids Grow Up by The Crazy Tourist. Let me know if you have questions or comment if you have any helpful suggestions to add. Thanks for dropping by! Until next time…take care❤
Why get flowers that will just die in a week when you can gift a living piece of mother nature as gratitude to your very own mother❤ Surrounding a home with beautiful plants can be beneficial in many ways. They not only give a home more curb appeal but creates a serene atmosphere for one’s physical and emotional wellness.
Our backyard was bare when we moved in and while it is no professional masterpiece, I am happy with all of the blooms that are thriving. I want to add that I don’t have the greenest thumb and stay busy with the littles so the following plants must be pretty low maintenance.
It’s beauty says it all.
Besides the pretty purple blooms, this plants aroma is very pleasant. Just gently pet it then smell your hands. Lavender is also known to deter mosquitos as well as #3 & #4 on this list. Much better than the citronella plant in my experience.
Mmmm…this is another one of my favorite aromatic plants to pet and smell. It also makes a tasty addition to chicken dishes.
Another multitasking plant is garlic. It is known for deterring mosquitos and as a flavoring in many recipes.
6. Banana Magnolia
You don’t have to pet this bush to smell the Ah-mazing scent. Unless you hate bananas…then keep scrolling haha. Aren’t the blossoms just lovely though?
We refer to this one as the butterfly bush. That’s right butterflies love hanging around the vibrant petals! Which is very exciting for anyone, but especially the little ones.
Aloe is a life saver plant because it has the ability to not only clean air, but can take the sting out of a burn as well. Which is why mine resides in the kitchen.
9. Peace Lily
E! I just got this beauty as an early Mother’s Day gift. Living in a humid place near a busy road, I wanted a large house plant to help clean the air.
Sharing this little guy as a bonus because he was so photogenic. Hopefully, this has inspired you to adopt some plants of your own. If you have some already please comment your favorites. Until next time…
It is no secret that dry shampoo is a life saver for many women, but especially us moms. And sometimes we are too busy to get to the store and have to order some online while we try to hideout with our oily strands daydreaming of a nice long shower🛀 This happened to me and I came up with a hack that I will honestly use again!
All you need is a few essentials from your handy dandy makeup bag.
-eyelash & brow wand
-flat foundation brush
First, take the wand and scrape some translucent powder onto a clean surface. Second, use the wand to scrape eyebrow shadow on the same surface. The great thing about the brow shadow is it will help blend with your natural hair color instead of making your roots dusty white. Third, blend the powders together using a foundation brush and tap off excess. Then apply to oily roots. Let sit for about half a minute then brush through. Watch the video below if you need a visual.
Now you are ready to rock your day with confidence💁 You’re welcome! Hehe.
Being that oatmeal is a heart-healthy breakfast option, I have really tried my best to incorporate it into my diet. It is considered a superfood that will keep you fuller longer while providing nutrients like fiber and antioxidants. I found store-bought flavored oatmeal to be too sugary with not so much oats and that is why I started trying to make my own flavors at home.
Servings: 2 Cook Time: 5 min.
3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
2 servings Quick Oats
-Cook oatmeal as directed on box
-Stir in maple syrup
Servings: 2 Cook Time: 5 min.
4 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
2 servings Quick Oats
2 Tbsp. Berry Jelly
-Cook oatmeal as directed on box
-Stir in peanut butter
-top each serving with 1 Tbsp. of berry jelly
Coconut Cocoa Oatmeal
Servings: 2 Cook Time: 5 min.
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
½ c. Sweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 servings Quick Oats
Topping: Shredded Coconut & Grated Dark Chocolate
-Cook your quick oats as directed on box
-Stir in cocoa powder and shredded coconut
*Top with desired toppings
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Servings: 2 Cook Time: 15 min.
2 Granny Smith Apples
1 tsp. Cinnamon Sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Oil
2 servings Quick Oats
Optional Toppings-Cinnamon Sugar and Chopped Pecans
-Rinse, peel, and dice apples
-Pour oil into heat skillet and pan fry the apples
-Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and cinnamon over apples
-While apples cook, prepare your quick oats as directed on box
-Once apples have softened and become a caramel color (about 10 min)
-Remove apples from heat and add to oatmeal
-Stir in honey and add toppings if desired
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Guess what? (Cue GOT voice) Summer is coming. Not a Game of Thrones fan? AWKward😏 heh heh.
If you are seriously wanting to get more active and tone up, but…kids. I compiled several of our best mommy & tyke exercises just for you! I am not a personal trainer so do these at your own risk. I have, however, taken many exercise classes since weight & diet are things I struggled with since grade school. The 7 exercises are listed below followed by a short video for visuals.
1. Hoop LungeTwist
2. Cross-over Kicks
3. Around the World Squats
4. Kid’s Freestyle
5. Caterpillar Fives
6. Bubble Squats
7. Bubble Side Lunges
(Music: Outside by Iksonofficial)
Chances are you may not be able to do them all in one shot because the kids will surely need mommy’s attention. Note the different attire is no wardrobe change, but indeed different days. Hopefully though, you can squeeze in at least a few repetitions of a couple of the exercises. Remember to stretch and stay hydrated! As always…
My daughter, K.C., is five-years-old. These were painted over a year ago for a local kid’s competition. She still paints, but has been more into crafting because of all of the glitter glue involved. I mean who doesn’t love glitter glue right? I don’t know about you, but I am really excited to see what kind of art this naturally talented child produces in the future…of course, I may be a bit bias😄
These are my most recent works. I am somewhat of an amateur, but really enjoy painting and drawing so it doesn’t stop me. I wish I would have taken art electives in school, but took all home economics courses instead. I suppose that has been pretty helpful with adulting/homemaking. It’s how I learned my way around the kitchen and sparked my interest in cooking. Which by the way, I will be sharing more of my recipes soon. Enough about me…last, but not least is my mother and her artwork.
She is an extremely talented artist that has produced beautiful works for decades. The picture above features several of her charcoal drawings. She also paints with watercolors, acrylics, and oils. I think it’s neat how we can kind of inherit passions like that from our relatives. We are actually blessed enough to have 4 generations living in our family right now. My grandmother was not much of an artist, though she was a superb seamstress back in the day.
Do you have a generational story? Please share, I would love to read about it! Until next time…
In the hustle and bustle, you may just be tempted to pick up a pre-made basket from the grocery store. Which is totally fine. If your kids are like mine though they have plenty of balls and coloring books already. Oh, and do I have to mention a closet full of baskets? Here are a few tips to make this Easter extra special.
1. Think outside the basket
Try looking for a storage box or bin that can be used after the fact for storage. Another idea you may have seen on Pinterest is to use a new upside-down umbrella to hold a new pair of rain boots filled with treats. A toddler pool or ring float can be perfect for holding the upcoming summer essentials such as swimsuits, floaties, pool toys, beach towels, sunglasses, and flip flops.
2. Not sweet on too many treats
Spring for the organic ones with less sugar and dyes. For example, Little Annie’s makes yummy cheddar bunnies, graham cookies, and gummies. You can also skip filling the eggs with treats. Here in Louisiana, chocolate melts before the kids can even find the eggs anyway. Try breaking open a new puzzle and place a piece in each egg. Another great idea is to fill eggs with a ticket to cash in for one app or movie purchase.
3. Quality over quantity
Don’t waste money filling the basket with junk toys that will not hold their interest and will probably break. Instead, spend a little extra on one or two quality toys. Examples are books, foam blocks, magnaformers, wooden puzzles, match up eggs, or a family game like cornhole.
For more of my favorite Easter basket ideas, crafts, and treats visit: https://www.pinterest.com/Mom1st4most/celebrations/easter/
Ummm what else?
-A shoulder to cry on
😂 Kidding! You will be fine. I’m sure a box of kleenex will be good. Haha.
-DUSTBUSTER!!!! (Also, a good handsfree foot pedal trashcan to empty it in because germs and doing ambidextrous things with one hand while holding baby will be hard enough.)
Sorry for all caps, but it is that important. I have been through two dustbusters so far. Kids constantly produce crumbs and crumbs are like jackrabbits…they multiply.
For real though, I made a registry using “babylist” to give some examples of my favorite baby products and gear. I tried to put similar items at different price points. Leaving out diapers because you may want to go disposable or cloth. Pumps, formula, and bottles were left out as well because that is another decision based on preference. Besides, both my babies were exclusively breastfed so I would not be much help with those items. Although I did try a couple of lower-end pumps. Even with good reviews, I felt they did not work the best thus the exclusive breastfeeding. So I would suggest springing for the mac daddy Medela pump from the start.
Before I share the registry link these are a few things that I learned along the way, but wish I would have known beforehand.
Babywearing was a foreign concept to me. Everyone, I know just lugged around the infant carrier car seat. A little tidbit about carriers they aren’t meant to ride on top of shopping carts. We see it all the time right? I did it once or twice not realizing the cart seat actually cautions against that. And hey, these are our precious babies so why chance a bump to a display that will send your little one sliding off.
Buying a stroller may just be a waste of money. Most times my kids screamed to get in it. They felt safer closer to me. I was happy to sell our stroller and use a baby carrier instead. Needless to say, it freed up space in the cargo and I no longer had to take the heavy contraption in and out while toting a baby. Talk about a backbreaker. They aren’t always store aisle friendly either.
If you decide to carry I advise to skip the baby sling. There are plenty of articles of the dangers of suffocation due to the c-shape baby sleeps in. Also, pay attention to the babies leg positioning. Legs together can run the risk of hip dysplasia.
I wouldn’t feel too much pressure over having the perfect nursery set up in the beginning. You and your newborn will probably spend a great deal of time feeding and rocking anyway. Another hot topic you may want to be informed about is SIDS. I still see cutesy crib bumpers on the market and those are not considered 100% safe. There are plenty of new mesh products out there now worth looking into. We used a Safe Beginnings Crib Mattress and a mesh crib bumper, but now there is also a baby hammock that may be worth looking into. Of course, in my opinion, will be short-lived because the baby would grow out of it fast. Also, the baby’s position would be similar to that of a baby sling so I would caution that product.
Very important things to consider…
1. Car seats have expiration dates on them.
2. Careful when receiving used car seats, if one was in a small fender binder it should no longer be used.
3. Follow car seat safety pages on social media.
4. Installation seems simple but can be tricky. (You will need to follow car seat installation instructions in your VEHICLE MANUAL.)
5. Our state troopers hold FREE car seat installations once or twice a week so check with yours. You can try asking for a certified car seat safety specialist’s phone number to schedule a visit to your home. We had ours come out to the house twice so far and are so thankful to know that the kid’s seats are 100% safely in place.
6. Convertible car seats may seem pricey, but are a really good investment because they last through the rear and forward facing phases. Some even go as far as a booster seat.
Click the link to see my example registry.
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1. Brown your meat-Try not to stir it too often, letting it stick a little so it gets a somewhat charred look.
2. Don’t soak your pot-Instead, put a drop of dish soap with about a cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently scrape the remaining food off with a stirring spoon or spatula. I rather this method because it is easier and gets the job done much better. Sometimes soaking it just delays the vigorous scrubbing and scraping of nasty soggy gritty food particles.
3. Cut your cutting time in half-Being in a new mom fog I suppose is why I did not think of these until after baby #2. The following hacks are much easier than using a knife.
Pizza cutters are no longer just for pizza! Try using it for pancakes, grill cheese, tortillas and more.
Have an egg slicer? It is perfect for slicing meats, fruits, and softer veggies into smaller more uniform bites.
4. Bag those scraps-If you are like me and dislike cutting over a trash can then try these hacks. Place a shopping bag in the sink with one handle around the faucet. Another option is wrapping shopping bags handles around the cabinet nobs to hold the bag open.
5. Extra love into simple dishes-My friend’s kid thinks I make the best tacos and I use the same box most moms use. So I’m guessing it is maybe how I cook them. Which is really just an extra easy step or two as you can see in the recipe below.
1 Taco Kit
1 lb. Ground Turkey
15 oz. can Pinto Beans
Brown and drain meat
Stir in seasoning with meat
Add water and undrained beans
Cook on medium for 4 min
Use a spatula to break meat up into very small pieces allowing taco flavor set in
Mash beans as well for better flavor and digestion (blends better for picky eaters)
Cook on low 4 minutes to allow flavors to set in
Serve in the preferred shell with favorite toppings
Sometimes it is more how you cook something than what you are actually cooking. Take peas for instance. You can just throw them in a pot until hot, right? Or you can add a little extra love. Here is my recipe for a savory side of peas…
2 can of Petite Pois (Peas)
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp butter
Empty one undrained can into a saucepan and cook on medium heat for 8 min.
Add garlic, pepper, and turmeric
Mash peas until slightly pasty
Add second (drained) can of peas and butter
Cook on low/medium heat for another 8 min.
Bonus Tip: After your meal is cooked. Set heat to low and wait about 5 minutes before serving to let flavors set in.
Below are some suggestions for Christian literature and music. Hopefully, you will find them enjoyable. ✌be with you❤
YouVersion App Plans…
*Make sure to invite your spouse to the Kingdom Marriage plan so you can discuss each talking point👍
40 Days of Decrease: A different kind of hunger: A different kind of fast by Alicia Britt Chole
The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury
Christian Music Playlist…
Kid’s Christian Music Video Playlist…
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Does it seem like no matter how much you work, there is never enough money? We live in a world that tends to value others by what they own. The stores and internet sell endless amounts of things. Seriously, put two random words into google and I bet someone is selling it. My words were “bell rabbit” and guess what they are adorable little dust catchers. The amounts of products available today can be overwhelming. The list below includes ways my family cuts down on spending.
That $10 a month subscription for candles, magazines, beef jerky, etc. seems innocent enough. However, $120 a year for one subscription. Plus those are probably things you really don’t even need monthly.
I was tired of calling for new promotions on overpriced cable. Plus, the packages offered only gave us a few channels that we actually watched. So we cut the chord and bought a Fire T.V. Stick. This is a decision without regret. We can stream our favorite shows, rent, and purchase movies using this device. It is affordable and easy to set up.
Get ready to gasp…not only did we cut the cord on cable, but we canceled subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu. It was a hard decision because the two offer such incredible viewing content. However, it was causing us to watch way too much television. That is another $130+ we can put into savings each year.
Tip: List all of your monthly subscriptions and contemplate which ones are actually necessary.
Let that whole want/need trickle into the rest of your life. Back when we had Netflix, I watched a documentary on Minimalism that raised some great points. Many Americans live in excess.
I’m no Marie Kondo, but go through your home often deciphering what is not useful. If you haven’t used that thing in 10 years, my guess is that you never will. Sell it or donate it to someone who may need it today. Maybe you don’t believe in God and that is your right. I’m not here to force my beliefs on others. So please, understand like events that made you a nonbeliever, certain events have made me a believer. Anyway, I believe if for some reason you need that thing again, God will provide.
By practicing intentional buying and decluttering, you will benefit greatly. Finances will free up, your home will be easier to clean, and that will reduce stress.
Money Saving Apps
Ibotta is the one I use the most. It can be a little tedious to keep up with so I don’t always when life gets busy. I love when I have enough to get a gift card. Usually, I select $25 to Target. It is my mommy guilt free card to spend on whatever I want. Not that I have any reason to feel guilty normally, but you know how it goes.
Whether I buy a shirt, new undies, makeup, or a variety of face masks, it is a nice reward for pinching pennies. The free cards can be used for birthday or Christmas gifts if you wish. Below is a link to get you started with cash waiting for you.
Product Discount Codes
Most companies pay for referrals. Usually in the form of discounts on their products. So share your favorite products with your friends and let them know if they want to try them you have a discount code. It’s an I scratch your back, you scratch mine type of thing. Except really, it is just the company scratching both backs👍
The only product referral code I have right now is for Thinx period undies. My take on them…
-seem pricey, just buy 1 or 2 at a time
-saving on tampons and pads, still using a small amount on heavy days
-on the border of a size? because of period bloating go a size up.
-go with all black, my gray pair stained a tiny bit on the sides
-love having the safety net of wearing if I am not sure I will start in the middle of an event
If you have been curious about them using the link below for a discount👌
Cut Down On Waste
This goes a bit with 1 & 2. Growing up, um financially challenged, I have always felt the need to take good care of my things so that they last. I try so hard to instill this in my kids who can sometimes be destructive.
I tell them to take care of their toys because we may not be able to buy more. Besides, broken toys go in the trash creating more waste in already full landfills. If we take care of them, when we are done we can share them with other children that may not have many toys.
My husband also didn’t get why I was a stickler for things that cause damage to our yard, cars, and house. I call it protecting our investments. People won’t pay as much for used things that are damaged on a resell. Plus, don’t we want to show gratitude for what we have?
Also, find ways to cut down waste in the kitchen🍴(see what I did there). Seriously, though a good bit of my recipes have come from trying to reinvent leftovers. That spinach salad that goes out of date today that you don’t plan on eating, freeze it! It is delicious smothered or in a homemade soup. Just enough chicken for one person? Cut it up and mix it with some pasta and veggies. Either buy a sauce or make a simple garlic butter sauce. This stretches meals and your money.
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Hey mamas! Tired of annoying ads ruining your child’s screen time? Just thought I would share a list of our favorite munchkin apps. I am a screen time in moderation kinda mom. Sometimes it is the only way I can get food on the table in somewhat peace.
These apps are actually pretty educational and well, we live in an age where kids need exposure to things like💁coding. Some of these are completely free(and amazing) and others have a decent sample, but you will probably want to buy the full version because they are that good👍.
4. Talking ABC
19. Endless Alphabet
20. Endless Reader
21. Endless Wordplay
22. Endless Numbers
23. Endless Spanish
I do not get paid for suggesting these apps.
Until next time, take care❤
WHO SWALLOWED A CLOVER by Lucille Colandro
We give this book 5 clovers! If you plan on reading it this St. Patrick’s Day consider making this simple craft to use with it. All you need is…
-1 empty water jug
-2 different colored sharpee pens
-7 paper clips
-clip art printout
-cardboard (i.e. recycle a cereal box )
-1 clothes pin
-1 popsicle stick
First, print out the clipart. Next, cut out and glue paper clipart to thin cardboard. I recycled a cereal box for this project. Printing out on cardstock would save that step.
Cut out various lengths of string then tie one end to the paper clip and tape the other end to clipart. Don’t forget to bend paperclip to make a hook.
Draw your “old lady” on the jug. If you are more comfortable printing out and gluing one, try that. Next, cut a hole for her mouth.
Glue your wee little leprechaun to the clothes pin so that he can stand up on his own. Then glue the rainbow to the popsicle stick. Punching holes is optional…I just did it to hang all of the items to replicate the illustration in the book.
Here is a sample storytelling video…
Another holiday book we enjoyed was…
Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Below I will share some of the side gigs I have used to supplement income over the years. Sure, I could research and compile an article like 200 ways to make money from home, but I feel more comfortable sharing my actual experiences so I hope you appreciate that.
Arts & Crafts
This one was very enjoyable for me. Even though I’m not always great at it, I’ve always admired art in all of its forms. Out of all of the arts and crafts, the best selling for me were the flags, diffuser jewelry, and handmade hair bows. I sold at 6 (9hr) shows, that I had to pay to be in. Being a member of a local art guild meant my price was discounted. So paying $45 for those shows was not bad. The first show I barely broke even, but as I learned the market I made a little more each show. The last few I made my money back with enough extra to treat my family to dinner at a restaurant😂
If you are super talented and motivated then you will most likely do a better job than I did. So go for it!
Pro: Enjoyable for artsy-craftsy types
Con; A little costly and time consuming with young children. You have to make everything then either go out and sell it or create an Etsy or Zazzle shop.
New moms you will make new old friends again if they want you to join their team.
Not saying that is a bad thing, but for me, it was not entirely the best. A few months after my daughter was born an old friend reached out. I noticed her essential oil posts and was intrigued. Before I knew it she was what they called my upline.
I was so excited about buying and selling such life-changing products! We taught a few classes and I was making enough money to cover my new found obsession. After a few months, I realized there were all these oils being pushed when actually many of them could help the same ailments. Also, my upline and her upline’s houses smelled moldy. Could it be that diffusers being shipped out of Utah shouldn’t be constantly diffused in Louisiana? Speaking of constantly diffusing, people in my downline ran diffusers for hours even though in class I cautioned doing so.
I stopped distributing because I did not want to feel responsible for anyone getting hurt. Remember, while wonderful, natural does not equal safe. Do your research…on the product…on the company…on employee’s past experience with the company.
Pro: Learned how beneficial nature’s remedies can be.
Con: Pyramid schemes=pressure sales
Spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors that you are willing to babysit as a side job. Many parents need a trusted babysitter for an occasional date night or holiday shopping. In my case, my neighbor needed someone to watch her young kids in the morning for about 20 minutes. She had to leave for work earlier and could not see them onto the bus. I told her no payment was necessary, but she insisted.
Pro: Zero commute, playmates
Con: More noise😂
Woot for civic duty! This job may not be available for much longer because of technological advances, but it’s been a sweet gig of mine for years (even back in my college days). I plan to move up to commissioner in charge this year.
Serving as a commissioner on election day seems easy…posting up a few signs, opening voting machines, checking IDs, writing names, pressing a button, etc. Pretty simple, but extremely important. Like, go to jail if you don’t properly check an ID important. The day is long starting as early 5:30 a.m. and ending as late as 9:30 p.m., of course, that is for bigger elections. I usually work 3-4 days a year. I’m sure state pay varies, but obviously, the money is worth it for me to continue. Call your Clerk of Court to find out more.
Pros: Personally, I love meeting all of the people in my precinct.
Cons: Long hours
So way back in high school…almost 20 years ago. Wooow, ow lol. Surprised I can remember anything that long ago. Just making fun! Anyway, I was co-editor of the school newspaper and may have won a couple of literary fair awards. The point is I have enjoyed writing for a long time now, but it was put on the back burner. Why? Because parents like to tell their kids what to be when they grow up. And I guess that is fine, but usually, it is a safe stereotypical job or a big money job. The parenting advice I am giving myself is to pray about it and pay attention because my children already have a God-given purpose. I surely do not want to accidentally misdirect them.
Gosh, is that twice I digress in the same paragraph?! Seriously though, if you are interested in writing there are options. I have worked as a freelance writer making powerpoint presentations and contract write-ups for a company in Florida. I used Elance, but the website has since changed to Upwork. Which was a bummer to me because my completed work and review was not transferred. You can find all types of writing jobs there.
You can also create a blog like this one. Which I am not making a penny off of yet, but it is still rewarding. Perhaps writing and publishing a book is more up your alley. If so, go for it! I have some little children’s books, cookbooks, novels, and many more posts for this blog all lined up. The best piece of writing advice I have received was read often and write more than you read.
Pros: Flexible hours
Cons: Irregular income
This video also had some great suggestions…
SOMETIMES IT IS MORE ABOUT SPENDING LESS THAN MAKING MORE…(to be continued)
I pray for every person, Christian or not, reading this knows their true calling. I know you will fulfill their needs Lord. It is written! In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen🙌
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