Thursday, March 19, 2015

How YOU Doin?!

It's that time again.
Time to dust of the ol' blog and shine her up.
Why, you ask?
Well, since I pay $10 a year to keep my domain, I feel like it's only right to use it every once in awhile.

Life here is rolling along. The boys are 3 and 5 and it is truly an exhausting time. Like even more exhausting than the sleepless baby days and nights. Most days I feel like I am treading water, just trying to stay above the surface.
But such is life, I guess.
I'm sure there are others out there with it more together. And those who don't.
I try not to think of that and just as my pal Dory says, Just keep Swimming.




I'm still working part time and the rest of the time I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
I've become a consultant for 3 companies, which I swore I would never do, but I love all the products and can make a little side money, so it was a win/win decision for me. I'm still with Tastefully Simple, cause I loves me some easy meal planning. I also signed up with Jamberry last April when I gave up my fake nails for good. And over the holidays I signed on with Perfectly Posh. They sell naturally based skin, bath and body products and I LOVE them.

Let's see what else is going on?
Besides searching for my sanity on a daily basis, I've also decided to give that 21 day fix a try. After a winter of eating nothing but crap and all but abandoning the gym, I've decided that I need something to kick my ass into shape. Then I totally got sucked into one of the infomercials and before I knew it I was sitting at the computer with my credit card out pinning "delicious 21 day fix approved meals" .
We'll see about that.
No promises about the effectiveness of the program, but I may blog about it, so at least that should be funny.
Stay tuned!



Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentines Day part deux

So even though I barely ever post, last years Valentines day post has picked up a little bit of steam thanks to Pinterest.

This year Jack wanted shovels.

What the what?

Anyways, I hate to disappoint the kid and short of buying actual shovels, I whipped out my Silhouette Cameo. ( it is truly the best thing ever) and after a little brainstorming and internet searching, I came up with this:
 On the back I put a label and printed out Jackson's name so he could trace it. He has been doing really well at tracing and learning how to write his name so I wanted to incorporate that into his Valentines this year. Here he is working hard:

Here is the back:
They were a little more work than last years, but Jack loved them and they cost me nothing but a little time, so they were a win in my book too!
 
If you want to get a fancy cutting machine for yourself, I got mine on Amazon.
 
I have also created a spinoff blog where I will promote food, recipes and party/entertaining ideas. I'm still working on getting it all put together but if you'd like to head on over and visit, you can sign up to follow it. That was once it gets up and moving , you'll be the first to know! It's called Mama's Tasty Bites and I hope to see you there!


 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snow Day

 Here in the Midwest, the novelty of snow wears off at approximately 12:01 am on December 26th. Sure it's pretty and the kids love playing in it, but at the end of the day, come January, we are all dreaming of sunny spring days.

 We just had a boatload of snow dumped on us and to add insult to injury, it's freakin' cold. Even the kids walked outside to play in the snow and said 'oh hell no. So I've been at my wits end trying to find the best way to keep them entertained so they I don't get burnt out on kids TV. I am by no means Martha Stewart or Miss Suzy Homemaker, so I am always on the look out for activities I can do with my kids, but also things that will keep them occupied while I get some stuff done around the house. Here are some things we've done:

Play Doh:
We were fortunate enough to get some really cool sets for the boys birthday's/Christmas. They have a whole series of trucks that the boys love playing with. Letting your kids play with play doh is an exercise in patience and requires you to let go of any OCD tendencies you may have. Once I did this we were all much happier. They will mix the colors. They will drop little crumbs of it all over. Accept this and let them be. As long as they got the majority of it back in the can when whey were done I was happy. Let the crumbs dry up and sweep them up after they go to bed.

Crafts:
We have a stockpile of construction paper, paints and crayons on hand at all times. Most of the time they are content to just color or paint, but every now and then we attempt to make some actual art. Handprint art is a favorite of mine because I get a little memory of their sweet little hands, but now that Jack is in pre-school, I am also on the look out for crafts that incooroerate learning. Sites like www.pre-kpages.com and www.twistynoodle.com are great for printables and ideas. You can also follow my Pinterest board Art for the Kiddos and Childs Play for other ideas.

Make a fort:
 
We go the way of couch cushions and sheets here but if I could sew, I would totally buy one of these patterns from this etsy shop:
 
Have a drive in movie
 
With all the boxes laying around from Christmas, its the perfect opportunity to "liven" up the movie watching experience. Plus, decorating the cars is half the fun.
 
Need more ideas? Pinterest is full of fun stuff. Here are some of the best of the best:
 
 
What do you do when it's cold outside?