|I've spent the majority of my day sewing a Peter Pan costume. I've completely disassembled and reassembled my sewing machine numerous times. This thing had better turn out awesome. Pics tomorrow. In the meantime, some Halloween truth:|
|Gotta do this now while they don't know it's wrong of me, right? ;)|
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I was going to have a cute post today about funny toddler sayings and moments.
One of my best friends contacted me last night to tell me they were being admitted to St. Jude's because her 3 year old son, Ethan, had been diagnosed with leukemia.
We were pregnant together. Our boys are weeks apart in age. My heart is breaking for their family! Thankfully they seem to have caught this soon and there is a 90% cure rate for his type of leukemia.
I still can't imagine...or maybe I can because it hits so close to home. That could just as easily be my son.
Please take time today to squeeze your little loves extra tight and thank the Lord for their health and the blessing of them...and if you feel led, please say a prayer for the Melikians! Thanks in advance.
Friday, October 26, 2012
To see one of my posts about this, click here. A more thorough review post is on the way, but right now I need to take advantage of the baby napping and the toddler watching a show to finish up the laundry and get the house ready for company tonight!
Happy Friday, everyone! :)
P.S. Feel free to share any giveaways or freebies (no spam) in the comments!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
When I was working, I would stay at school until 5, come home, fix something for supper, eat, do some laundry and other chores, and bathe my son and put him to bed. I didn't have much energy or time to cook, and it showed. Many nights, we gave in to convenience and ordered out or went to get fast food. Other nights, I threw together simple meals that were too repetitive and not especially healthy or tasty.
When I knew I was going to resign, I was so excited to be able to make home-cooked meals again! I dreamed of finally making all those Pinterest recipes I'd been pinning in vain and saving money in the process. Insert the reality of having a newborn and a toddler (aka, no brain left) here. Every store trip was a marathon to see what I could grab quickly
Another problem I kept running into was wasting food. I would buy basics, like chicken breast and ground beef, planning to use them with various recipes, but something would inevitably throw me off each week (eating at a friend's house or not having an ingredient I needed for a certain recipe in time) and I'd end up throwing out something. This was especially true with fresh vegetables and fruits, so I had pretty much given up on buying them. Fresh ingredients are usually more expensive, so I couldn't risk not using them, meaning I didn't buy them as often as I wanted to.
Also, with a newborn and toddler, organization is everything. A little bit of organization can give Mommy a bit of sanity in the midst of chaos. I've been doing different organizational projects around the house, and with each one, a small amount of burden is lifted from my shoulders and I can breathe a bit easier. (Note: I totally expected chaos with two young children and still plan on adding more with more children in the future. I am totally embracing this stage of life, but it's nice to have a bit of control every now and then.) :)
About a week ago, a friend of mine mentioned she and her husband were going to start hardcore budgeting and another friend commented that she had started using a meal planning service and it was the best thing she'd ever done. She said she was able to get groceries for a family of four for about $75 a week. We had been trying to keep it under $100 per week since I quit, increasingly spending less and less. I had been spending less than or right at $100 each week, but like I said, food was wasting, and I was not pleased.
|oven roasted organic chicken & mape glazed sweet potatoes|
|closeup of the sweet potatoes|
A few weeks ago, one of the blogging groups I am a part of announced that they were going to host a giveaway blog hop about healthy eating. When I saw the comment from my friend, I knew I had an opportunity here. I decided to check out the meal planning site, and I loved what I saw! I contacted them to see if they would be willing to provide a prize for the giveaway and they were very enthusiastic!
I started a 3 month membership that day. I will be sharing more info soon, but let me just say, so far, I have loved all the recipes I've made! I feel very accomplished with every meal. I feel like an actual cook instead of someone throwing random things together and hoping for the best. I am excited to be feeding my family healthy meals that don't have any artificial ingredients that are good for them as well as delicious. I've tried new things, and been surprised by how much I liked them. I was a little worried that my toddler might not eat the meals well, but he scarfed down the organic roasted chicken last night and thoroughly enjoyed the roast salmon tonight. Can you believe we are eating that wonderfully for so cheap?! I'll detail this more in my review, but the grocery bill actually ended up being less than $70!
Stay tuned for more information in my review and get ready for a fantastic giveaway coming very soon!
Do you think a meal planning service could help you? In what way(s)?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
|The vocabulary genius himself!|
Friday, October 19, 2012
I love entering giveaways for great products! Freebies are even better!
Here are some great ones I've come across this week...
Thirsties Thursday #70
Enter to win 2 Fab Fitted Diapers and 1 Duo Wrap!
Simply enter via the Rafflecopter form in the blog post.
Rhea Lana's RePin to Win
Enter to win a Kit Kittredge American Girl doll!
Learn more about RL in my blog post here.
To enter:1. Go to http://Pinterest.com/RheaLanas
2. Follow Rhea Lana’s on Pinterest (Select the “follow all” option on the Rhea Lana’s page)
"Choose Your Charity" Cloth Diaper Charity Event
Enter to win $300 towards the charity you choose (link to list of charities in the post) as well as $200 worth of cloth diapers and accessories for you! If you don't use cloth diapers, you could give the prize to someone who does!
Simply enter via the Rafflecopter form in the blog post.
For my teacher/homeschooler pals, here are some great freebies I've come across this week:
The Moffatt Girls Fall Math Pack
This Fall Math Pack FREEBIE meets many common core standards while making math FUN! This pack includes:
-Domino Addition Sheet
-Blank Domino Addition Sheet
-Large Domino Die to Cut and Roll
-Roll a Pumpkin
-Roll, Add and Color Fall Leaf Page
-What Comes Next Pumpkin Numbers
-1-20 Cut, Paste and Trace
-10-100 Cut Paste and Trace (count by 10's)I love The Moffatt Girls! You can follow the blog here, and see all her products here, on Teacher's Notebook. She frequently offers freebies through the blog and has a Facebook page as well!
"Magic Tree House" Fact Tracker Activity Booklet
|Click image to open PDF file.|
This 27 page freebie from Barnes & Noble has some great MTH-themed printables, including mazes, word searches, crosswords, and code breaking riddles. Perfect for centers, fast-finishers, or anyone who enjoys the MTH books!
I hope you find something you can use! Let me know if you win something OR how you use the freebies! :)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
From a friend and amazing blogger (after you read this post, you must find the one on dance jogging--you'll thank me), Heather at Cake & Green Beans...
|"Let's All Compare Our Perfect Lives, Then Try to Enjoy Our Day"|
Unite mothers! We don't have to be perfect. We just need to BE!
I'm praying this helps someone stop feeling overworked and overwhelmed and helps them feel contented and fulfilled.
Remember, you are not defined by your lack of Pinterest projects completed or the way your house looks on a regular basis. Do you really think the owners of those amazing houses you see online said, "Oh, come by anytime. It doesn't matter. It's not like anything ever moves out of place around here. It's always perfect."
|Note the clothes draped over the bed instead of put into a perfectly organized closet with handmade dividers.|
|A child's smile is worth much more than a "Pin-worthy" picture of your living room, just sayin'. :)|
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
|Click picture for the funny post from DDL|
This has definitely happened to me. How about you?
Share your experiences in the comments!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What your toddler says: “No.”
“Not until you sit down with your cereal and start to eat it... Then I’ll want some. NO, not after you’ve finished eating that bite—IMMEDIATELY! You know what? Just make it easier on yourself and give me your bowl.”