Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday- 9/30/10

Well, it's Thursday and I am definatly so thankful for a lot of things but here are the ones that are sticking out in my mind today.
1. For a really good sale find.  I went to our local Burke Outlet looking for some jeans.  I found a pair that was my size.  Noticed that it had one of it's little additional percentage off stickers on it, but didn't really notice how much it would come out to.  Well, it turns out they were 95 percent off!  I got the jeans for fifty cents!!  And they are a name brand jean too...not like a super expensive name brand but a brand that would normally cost around 20 bucks or so.
2.  I am thankful for fertility treatments.  I personally had trouble getting pregnant with my first two children but never really had to take treatments to have them.  One of my facebook friends just found out today that her IVF worked and she is now pregnant!  It makes me so happy for them even if I don't know them that well. 
3.  For family...really, they are the best!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordy Wednesday- 9/29/10

It's late and I am sooo sleepy.  I wasn't going to write in my blog today, but I just wanted to share this bible verse.  It was one of my sister-in-law's favorites.  She passed away what will be almost two years ago in this coming February.  I miss her dearly, but when I think of her I always smile.  Today, I thought of her a lot.  Just thought it was fitting to share it since she has been on my mind.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in 
prayer." Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mindful Monday- 9/27/10

Okay, first order of bussiness....I don't like the theme title I have for Mondays.  I am going to have to work on it. 
Second, I wanted to share a post from my friends and ex-neighbors who we miss dearly.  They recently started up their own blog which is about discovering the truth about our food.  Today's post was particularly interesting as it brought up food dyes and all the health risks they may bring with them! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

If it's FREE it's for me!

Just came across this article on Yahoo!  Has some great tips on where to get lots of free stuff.

Friday, September 24, 2010

No Foodie Friday....9/23/10

So I didn't have a chance to make a new recipe this week.  I did however make a cute Halloween/Fall/Christmas Decoration.  I was blog browsing and found this blog post from Ruffles and Stuff on how to make a bird mobile.  I like the idea that you could change out the birds to match the seasons.  Shortly there after I found this blog post from Dabbled on a Halloween tree.  Immediately the gears in my head started turning and I combined the two.  I made a tree that I spray painted gold and figured I can use it for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

First, I went out and found a branch in my yard that the oak tree decided to get rid off.  We had tons!  I placed it on some newspaper and painted away.  I then left it out to dry and when I came home it was gone.  I think some neighborhood kids thought it would be funny to steal a gold branch.  Either way this is what it looked like.  I ended up just making another one.
If you see this branch report it to me immediately!  LOL

I then cut up a  small carvable foam pumpkin from the dollar store and use that as my vase.  I added some floral foam on the inside (also from the dollar store) and placed the branch in making sure it stood straight.  I then held the branch in place and placed these white decorative rocks(you guessed...dollar store find) over the foam to weigh it down and keep the branch in place.
I also found these small ceramic pumpkins at the dollar store...aren't they cute?!
Then also from my lovely local dollar store I added these two crows/ravens to the branches!
Here is the finished product!  I may add some small tags with quotes from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" or maybe a little banner that says, "Happy Halloween".  I might also just leave it alone!
I was thinking for Thanksgiving I might take off the crows and maybe add some fall leaves or something like that.  Then for Christmas I can change out the pumpkin for something that goes along with Christmas and then add ornaments and a cardinal to the tree.  I might make another one of these painted white or silver for spring and summer.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordy Wednesday-9/22/10

So today instead of a quote I thought I would post a video to a song I just love!  I have had a couple of crumby moments in the last two months, but I have been keeping head up best I can.  I have been telling myself, "You can have a bad day, but you can't let the bad day have you."  Yesterday, I happened to hear this song.  I instantly loved the great beat and the message of the song.  It so happy and just lifts your spirit up.  I then looked into the artist and found out he sang another great happy song that I liked called, "Say Hey (I Love You)". The artist who sings it is also an activist for world peace and other great organizations and wants to write music that helps bring joy to people.  I have him on my list of music I need to buy.
So here it is....I just wanted to share this song for anyone who is having a bad day, week, month or year....the storm is passing and the sunshine will come!

Micheal Franti and Spearhead
"Sound of Sunshine"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wandering The Web

Okay, this blog is totally not mom or homemaker related, but I just had to write about it.  It never ceases to amaze me how big and full of information the web is.  Although I know a lot of it may not be accurate you will find yourself wandering into a website that just sucks you in.
This evening I was doing a search on the Julia Robert's movie My Best Friend's Wedding (one of my top all time faves).  When my search results popped up I was surprised to see a news article that was written in a Houston suburb's newpaper.  The title of the article instantly caught my attention, "Katy resident meets Vietnam vet at Astros game". I clicked on the link and was met by an awesome story that was filled with a bit of history and most of all hope.  It also sparked more interest in me as I came across something I had never heard about... POW bracelets.  This led to another search.  I ran a search for POW bracelets and found a brief re-account of the history of them written by one of the original people who came up with the idea.  Their website then led me to the website for The National League for POW/MIA Families. I found out that not only do they still make bracelets for those missing soldiers, but here was an organization that even after all these years still work so hard to find POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War.  I was also even more amazed at the number they listed on their website.  They have lists of how many are still unaccounted for, how many have been found, how many sighting of Americans there have been in those areas even up to very recently.  It was all quite interesting.  Anyway, if you are interested please visit the League's website and learn more and read the article.  They are both very interesting.

All that from a 1990's Julia Roberts movie!

Leg Warmers....

So, I got my computer back and it's working great!  It rained almost all weekend, so I spent a lot of time browsing through tons of blogs out there.  There are so many great ones...just tons of information and crafts!

Well, my daughter had asked me to make her some leg warmers.  At first I had decided to crochet some.  I found this pattern and went to work.  However, after getting a third of the way into one I realized it was too big and had to undo it and start over.  Dismayed, I returned to browsing through blogs before I started again.  I then found this blog post from Little Birdie Secrets.  It shows you how to make leg warmers for kids and babies out of knee high socks!  I went to the dollar store today and got some black socks and went to work.

After making them I crocheted some small hearts (pattern also from Little Birdie Secrets) and added them to the leg warmers for a girlie touch since most of her dance wear is black and pink.

They were a hit!  I used a mens pair of socks for my child and they worked really well.  Just measure the sock against your child's leg to make sure they cover the calf part of their leg before you cut a perfectly good pair of socks.

Grandfathers and Piggy Back Rides

This last Friday I was at Sam's with my mom and my kids.  We went to have our fancy lunch (hot dog combos for under $2 each).  As we sat in ate, right behind us was a woman with her two children and her father.  The children's grandfather was probably in his late 60's and we kept hearing him joke and making the children laugh.  When he stood up to throw away his trash he came back to the table and started to give his grand-daughter a piggy-back ride.  The child's mother quickly piped-up, "DAD!!  You are not in my living room.  We are in public!  DAD! You can't just give the kid's piggy-backs here! DAD, PUT HER DOWN!"  The kids and the grandfather giggled and rode around the table one more time before he put her back down.  The Mom continued to huff and puff about her embarrassing father.  My mom giggled quietly at them.  I on the other hand was holding back tears.  That would totally be something that my dad would have done with my kids.  I probably would have been huffy about it too.  I wanted so badly to turn around and tell her to let him do it.  To let him enjoy his grandkids and they him.  I wanted to tell her that her kids were so lucky to have a grandfather to play with, make memories with and that gave them piggy back rides at Sam's.  I held my tongue though...I was so afraid I might burst into uncontrollable tears.  I really missed my dad at that moment and was sad that my children were growing-up without a grandfather in their life.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thankful Thursday-9/16/10

Today I am thankful for Ibuprofen!  lol  My allergies plus conducting a meeting with a bunch of 6 and 7 year olds will have you reaching for the pain relief!! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


So this last weekend we were really blessed to get tickets to a charity softball game hosted by the Jonas Brothers and also tickets to their concert that night.  It was fun to see my oldest dance and sing along.  It was really hot too, but all worth it in the end.  Anyway, the Jonas Brothers sang all their hits one of them being , "Love Bug."  It's a cute acoustic guitar driven tune with an old-timey feel to it.  The song always reminds me of my second child.  It took four years to have my first child and after waiting another four years after that I thought I was never going to have another child.  My doctor said it was a slim chance since I have PCOS.  After taking a couple of rounds of one drug I kinda lost hope and stopped.  Then God suprised us with another beautiful child!  Anyway, everytime I hear that song I get a bit teary...just listen to the words and instead think of it as a song to a baby.

Wordy Wednesday- 9/15/10

So my computer is still sick, but being taken care of by a family member.  Hopefully, my computer will be back soon!  Get well soon!

Anyway, I have been really busy this week so it's probably a good thing I am not as distracted by the internet.  Thought of this quote:
"The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work." -Patricia Clafford

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mindful Monday-9/13/10

Well, my children are sick and so is my computer.  I have some kind of virus that has shut down my line to the world, uh, I mean the computer.  We have an old lap top that I am now using, but it is beat up and very tempramental.  None-the-less, I do have a tip for today....back-up your just never know when it will be gone! 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Foodie Friday-9/10/10

Chicken Corn Soup

So my kids love three things.....corn, chicken and soup!  So I set out to find a recipe that included all three and found this recipe.  As usual, I added my own flair and changed a couple of things.  I used a chicken breast I had plus left over chicken from one of those grocery store roasted chickens.  I picked off all of the meat from the bones and had enough for the soup.  In addition to the onion I added a clove of garlic.  I didn't measure the corn; just used a whole can of corn.  I also didn't have any cream of celery soup so I used cream of chicken.  I also added some matchstick cut carrots for color.  As far as the dough balls go, try to make them as big as possible.  Pea-sized or a tad bit bigger is a good size.  They are quite tasty in the soup.  My six-year old was a  bit weary of them floating in the soup.  Other than that, it was really good and everyone had seconds!

Thankful Thursday (on Friday)-9/10/10

I had a crazy busy day yesterday so I didn't have time to get to my blog baby!  :-)

Yesterday, in all the hustle and bustle I was thankful for sweet baby smiles.  Corny?  Perhaps.  I love it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordy Wednesday-9/8/10

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him Father!

-Lydia M. Child

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mommy Thought of the Day

This one is not mine, but it belongs to a woman named Heather who writes this blog.  In one of her blog posts she posted some of the cutest pictures to document her daughter turning 7 months old.  The first couple of lines are to complain about what all moms complain about....time just going too fast.  Her words made me laugh because they are so true....
"I tried to convince Time to slow down, but apparently Time is a jerk"

Mindful Monday- 9/6/10

Well, I don't have a real tip to share, but I do have website (surprised?LOL).  All I got a say is that as much as people shake their fists as the internet, you have to admit it has a lot of positives.  One of them is keeping in touch with people and learning about them (sometimes learning too much), but it also builds a network where we can be there for each other or find comfort in others.  So with that being said here is a fun link called  It has confessions from all kinds of moms, because seriously....deep down we are all somewhat the same, but it also shows us that a lot of us are crazy. :-)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mommy Thought of the Day...

Some days you don't realize how long it has been since your last potty break, until you run the water in the washing machine.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Foodie Friday- 9/3/10

So my good friend and ex-neighbor bought me a copy of Jessica Seinfield's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious.  The whole concept behind the cookbook is how to make foods your kid's love with hidden veggies in them!  Sneaky, huh?!  >:-)
Well, as soon as I got the book I wanted to try something out, so the first recipe I did was the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies with Garbanzo beans in them.  Sounded to crazy to work, but I tried it.  Since the recipe is copyrighted I can't share it on here, but there seems to be a lot of recipes with Garbanzo beans in them.  So give it a whirl!
The Garbanzos!  AKA Chickpeas.  I will admit they do kinda look like Macadamia nuts, but I was still skeptical when I opened the can.
The butter and sugar.  I was supposed to use tub margarine, but figured I could be bad and use real butter since they had veggies in, that's all I had.  I was supposed to use a cup of brown sugar, but I was short about 1/4 of a cup so I used Splenda (hence the small white pile). Most of my recipes are poorly planned...but I can wing it!

Fat girl confession of the day...I love when recipes ask to cream the butter and sugar can you not resist tasting it?  It's like Cinnamon Toast with out the cinnamon or the toast....yeah, pretty much butter and sugar. 
I hate separating egg yolks from whites...look at my first attempt....FAIL.

I added the rest of the ingredients and set-up my cookies to bake.  You can see the chickpeas, but most people thought they were nuts.

These are the "healthy" yummies.  My kid's loved them, especially when I let them eat them for breakfast one day.  My husband said they were good, but I haven't seen him touch them since he found out about the Garbanzo beans.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thankful Thursday-9/2/10

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. -Oscar Wild
Sometimes you can be overwhelmed by the trials of everyday things that you forget to stop and take a look around.  Blessings are everywhere....sometimes disguised as trials! 
There are days where you can get so overwhelmed with your children.  Especially, toddlers....especially toddlers who are in their terrible two's!  :-)  There will be days when my two year old will become so frustrated and cry and scream with every little thing that happens.  I feel so badly for her because I know it's a communication problem.  She is just learning more words and speaking a bit more clearly.  It's so hard for her to be patient when no one understands her.  Just think how you would would be like living France and you could only say a few French words.  The French residents would look at you and try to understand what you needed or wanted.  You are trying to tell them you are cold or hungry, but can't say the right words.  I try to remember that when my two year old is having one of those's hard to try and keep your own cool and correct the behavior.  Often on those day I will call my mom and vent.  My mom always reminds me that most toddlers go through a stage like's normal.  She says to look at it this way...she is normal and healthy!  So even some days are rough, I am glad that she is healthy and apparently has great lung capacity for some of those screams!  LOL

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordy Wednesday- 9/1/10

So my inspiration for sharing today's quote is my oldest child.  Children do grow-up way to fast.  I try to learn to enjoy each stage of my children's lives...for we only pass through that stage once.

“You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.” 
-John J. Plomp