Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dear American Soldier


I'm sure by now a lot of you are thinking about doing, or have already started writing out Christmas cards. Well, did you know that you can write cards and send them to the troops? What better way to say thank you and let them know that we stand behind them? The picture is one that my son made himself. This year we sat down as a family and wrote cards to the troops. My son wrote different notes inside each one: Thank you for your service, Merry Christmas, Thank you for being brave, Happy Holidays, etc....
The inside of my cards read as follows:

Dear American Soldier,
                          
       I hope this card finds you in good health. I wanted to take the time to say thank you for all that you do. It is because of you and so many other brave men and women that I can tuck my children in at night and know that they are safe.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kroger skillet meals review

Don't you just love a quick easy meal? I like to cook but with two kids, one on the way, and a husband life can get busy. Quick easy meals help out so much. We recently got to try Kroger skillet meals thanks to me being a Bzzagent it was totally FREE!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

How to remove silly putty from clothes or blankets

Those of you who have children, especially boys know that they come with messes. Big messes! My boys can destroy a clean house in no time. However I wasn't expecting to wake up one day last week to find my son had fallen asleep with silly putty.

It all started at 7 a..m. My alarm went off, and I got up and made my way to my youngest child's room. His internal clock is set to 7 a.m. as well. I picked him up, changed his diaper, and together we made our way to my oldest sons room. "Good morning!" I said. "UGH  I don't want to get up!" my oldest said. He is like his father, and is NOT a morning person! I don't blame him. I'm not a morning person either, but being a parent, especially a mother you sort of find yourself in that role anyways. You have responsibilities such as getting your child to school on time. After a few minutes of me rubbing his back, he decided to get up. He rolled over and tried to take off the blanket, except the blanket didn't come off. Me being a mother, my first thought is that he was fooling around, trying to stay in bed a little bit longer. I walked over and tried to playfully pull the covers off him. It didn't come off. What in the world? Scratching my head...... as I pulled and pulled I noticed something blue was on his blanket, and it was sticky.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Kroger lunch box heroes review

Hello all! I hope that life is treating you well, and you're enjoying the weather before it's gone too soon! The leaves on our trees here in Northern Kentucky have already started to turn and fall. It's strange to see so early, I mean after all it is still August!

So As you all know I am a BZZAGENT and I get to try products for free, and give a review on them and tell people about the product/ products I am trying. I am super excited about this weeks review. It's called                                              
                                                             "Kroger lunch box heroes"

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chores break through





This morning I had a break through! For a VERY LONG time I have argued with my 6 1/2 year old about cleaning his room, picking up his toys, etc. I had to keep reminding him of what I wanted him to do. This morning I wrote a list of things that I wanted my son to do. I gave him a pen, and told him to mark off each chore as he completed it. I didn't see him for quite a while, so I went to check on him. I almost jumped for joy when I saw that he was very busy working hard to accomplish the tasks I had wrote down for him to do. To my surprise he was almost finished.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lazy day

                                                                          Photo courtesy of  http://www.pdpics.com/
Life gets so hectic sometimes that we forget to stop and take a deep breath, and enjoy the little things. Schedules back to back, house work never ending ( especially if you have kids).

Today I didn't do anything productive. I simply spent precious time with my kids. We watched tv and popped popcorn. Cuddled up on the couch together, and just had a lazy, relaxing day. It was great! 

Now don't get me wrong.... My to-do list was quite full for today. There are just sometimes that you have to take a break from it all, push things aside that can wait, and spend quality time with the ones you love. 

My oldest and I have had out popcorn / movie nights for a while. Usually once or twice a week in the summer when schools out, and once a week, on the weekends during the school season. 
But I love the idea of doing it as a family too. So on one of my husbands days off we have voweled to have a lazy, relaxing day. 

Family time is very important. How do you and your family spend quality time together? Do you ever just push your to-do list aside and opt for a lazy day with your family?


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Nature Valley Product Review

Hello everyone,
 I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful sunny weather. So as I mentioned before I am a BZZAGENT which means I get to test and review products for free. Whoo hoo!! We LOVE free things!! The newest product I have tried is Nature Valley soft baked oatmeal squares. Both cinnamon brown sugar, and peanut butter were sent to me to sample.

I have to admit that my oldest son 6 1/2 yrs. tried a piece as well, because lets face it, if mom has food I want it, and if it's going to be in this house I want my kids to like it too. Well we both agree that the peanut butter is good, but the cinnamon brown sugar was our favorite. They are soft and chewy. There isn't a crunch to them at all, which I LOVE! I am having trouble staying out of the box of samples that I am supposed to pass out and tell people about. They are delicious!! Because I am supposed to pass them out I will, but you'd better believe that as soon as I find them in the store I am stocking up!
                           
                         

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tire troubles

Hello everyone,
 I hope you all have managed to stay dry. It seems like it has rained here just about every other day! My oldest son just finished up his swim lessons a week or so ago, and I wanted to take him out and practice with him, kind of go over what he had learned, and keep his mind fresh. The rain has spoiled those plans.

Life has definitely thrown a lemon or two our way the past few weeks. Some time recently we had picked up a nail in our tire. I had noticed the tire looked a bit low, but since the pressure gauge said it was fine, I didn't worry too much. Saturday I took the kids and returned some library books and movies. On our way back out I noticed the tire looked like it was pretty much flat. I called my husband and told him that it barely had air in it, and that I was going to try to drive it home and hope that it made it. He met me outside, looked at the tire and took it to the gas station to pump it up, that's when he noticed the nail. We called and found a place open on a Saturday at 4:30 in the evening and he took it in to be fixed. Unfortunately the nail was too close to the side wall, so NO ONE will even touch it unless it's to replace the tire. UGH!!!
So today we ordered the new tire, and go tomorrow to have it put on. Until then the fix a flat is doing its job of holding air inside. 

I have learned how to put air in a tire, and use fix a flat. Not sure why I waited so long to learn, but I recommend that every woman know how to do this. Just might save you a headache down the road.
Thanks for reading, God bless! Until next time,
                                                                           Amy

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Organizing- Baby steps

People ask me all the time, How do you stay so organized? Well I will be the first to tell you that I love to organize, but I feel like I am the least organized person I know some days! With two boys under the age of 10 life gets hectic around here. The house always has toys every where during the day when the boys are awake. I have stepped on hot wheels, LEGOS, and G.I. Joes. By the way I wish this on NO ONE because those little suckers hurt on bare feet!!

The best advice I would have for someone who wanted to get organized is Don't try to do everything in one day! You are just going to over whelm yourself and frustrate yourself even further. You need to break it down a bit. First you want to choose just one room at a time.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Forgiven

Have you ever wondered what it meant to be forgiven? Sure you have had someone at some point and time in your life do you wrong, and you had the choice to forgive them. Even if you chose to forgive them, somewhere in the back of your mind you still remember. You're still cautious around them. You have to learn to trust them all over again.

Now I want you to imagine that you are in a court room. You are on trial for the sins that you have committed. Since NO ONE is perfect but God and Jesus, then I know that yes even you reading this right now have done something, even if it was just that one time little white lie. Imagine you are in a court room on trial for your sins, and the judge is going to fine you a massive amount of money to pay for those sins. You are wondering, how in the world am I going to pay for this? How can I get out of this? When all of the sudden someone enters the room, and you hear them say that your debt has been paid in full!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Summer time fun

Well summer is almost here. The temperature outside already feels like it's here. There are all kinds of things to keep kids busy during the summer. In fact I have my oldest son on a pretty full schedule this summer. I am sure he will be visiting with his grandparents, and other family members as well as the activities we have planned for him. Starting Monday he will be going to Twilight camp with the Cub Scouts. This will last all week. The following week he will start swimming lessons for the second year. Last year he started in the beginner class.

We will also be doing summer reading programs with the local library, and book stores. We keep track of books that we have read in a reading log. Each log that is turned in gets his name in a drawing for a prize. He can also win smaller prizes each time he reads so many books. The first prize is set at 10 books.

We will be going to LEGO town, and taking a tour of local farms at the end of this month. I am excited about taking my kids to a farm because they haven't been to a farm before. I can't wait to see the excitement on their faces, and the joy of learning about animals, and how the farmers take care of them.

I am hoping to help my oldest son learn to ride his bike without training wheels this summer. He is just about ready. A lot of people already think he should be riding without them. What they don't understand is that we haven't always had the opportunity to help him, he has been having bike troubles. My husband was able to work on it today, and hopefully fix it for good this time so he can learn. He really wants to learn to roller blade, and skate board... I think we will stick to the bike and learn how to balance on it first. Then move on to the next in line once he has learned how to ride without training wheels.

I am hoping to get my youngest son to enjoy the pool. Last year he cried a little bit, but was fine after a few minutes. This year..... he was in for about 10 minutes and screamed the entire time. Didn't matter if I had him in the raft, or was holding him. He didn't want anything to do with the pool. Well that's all for now! Until next time God bless, Amy

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Keeping a schedule

Do you ever feel like there isn't enough time in the day? You have so much to do, yet there isn't enough time to do it all? The first step you need to take is prioritize your schedule. What is most important, or has to get done right away? Get those things done first. Remember to take time out for you, and your family. Otherwise you will burn out, and the cycle will start all over again. No one can accomplish everything in one day, so give yourself a break. Allow for flexibility in your schedule. You never know when something will come up, and if you have a cram packed schedule there is no time for any ut oh's. I call it leaving ut- oh room. I have decided to share a sample of what our weekly schedule looks like. Keep in mind that it changes weekly, and sometimes it can change daily. When you look at this schedule, this is not all we do all day every day. We go to the library for programs, and play time, story time, we go to the park, or ride bikes when the weather permits. We normally have Soccer practice on Wednesdays, and games on Sunday evenings. Our soccer season has come to an end and we will be going to our last game tonight. There is also different Cub Scout activities that are not included, since it is summer, we aren't as busy with scouting.   So please don't look at this and think all we do is stay inside and clean, because that is so not the case. The reason I am sharing this sample schedule is to show you how easy is it to keep track of things you have to do, and prioritize the most important things first.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday
Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast
8


Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Finish clipping coupons Finalize grocery list Pay bills





CHURCH
Laundry




Laundry Laundry Laundry Laundry Laundry Buy Newspapers
Start a grocery list Prepare coupons for shopping trip Grocery shopping De-clutter something Re-organize something

Look though sales ads and clip coupons
Lunch




Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Crafts and quite time


Crafts and quite time Crafts and quite time Crafts and quiet time Crafts and quiet time Crafts and quiet time Crafts and quiet time
Dinner




Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
* FAMILY TIME*FAMILY TIME* FAMILY TIME* FAMILY TIME*    FAMILY TIME * FAMILY TIME  * FAMILY TIME*
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
Baths/ Story time and kids to bed
RELAX




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RELAX
RELAX
RELAX
 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dr. Scholls massaging gel insoles review

Hello everyone,

                    I recently became a BZZAGENT . I was sent Dr. Scholl's massaging gel insoles for women. I received them in the mail today actually. I have only been wearing them for a few short hours, and I can already tell a huge difference. I went from having tired, achy feet, to feeling like a bought a new pair of shoes. My feet feel great!
They absorb shock, so you're feet kind of feel like you are walking on air. Each step is kind of like a mini massage.
I also found that it supports the arch in my foot very well. Normally I have calve pain, and lower back pain. These insoles have helped take the pressure off both my calves and lower back.
You can wear them with Work boots/ shoes, casual shoes, and sneakers.
Gel waves massage your foots most sensitive areas.
I highly recommend these insoles to anyone with tired achy feet. They have already made a difference in my feet in just a few short hours.
 Comment on this post and tell me your experience. Do you have tired, achy feet? Have you tried other brands of insoles?

If you would like to become a BZZAGENT you can visit www.bzzagent.com and sign up.
                                           

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Remembering the sacrifice


I grew up with my father in the Army national guard. I was an Army brat without all of the moving from post to post. My father served 26 years in the Army before he retired as a Staff Sargent. I remember being little and watching him work out on the weekends he had off to stay in shape or get ready for a P.T. test. I remember trying to copy his movements while doing a push up, and I remember how at my young age it was really hard for me. That is when I decided that my dad was my hero. He was strong, brave, and he helped to protect our country.

Growing up I always pictured myself marrying someone in the Army. I never thought it would actually happen. Then I met my husband. I fell in love, head over heels in love, and besides he really looked good in uniform. My life hasn't been the same since. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me besides our two boys we have together.

I have always had the up most respect for our military. I am ever so thankful for them. Not just on days like Memorial day, and Veterans Day,  but every day! They are the reason we live in a FREE country! They are the reason we can tuck our children in at night and know that they are doing everything in their power to keep us all safe. Being an Army wife was a whole new world for me. Of course I was introduced to the Army by my father, but I didn't really get into what everything was all about until I married my husband. The Army was the biggest family I could ever have. Perfect strangers were willing to help me at the drop of a hat, if I needed it. I have seen many Army friends come and go. They get new orders and are soon gone to another duty station. They are NOT forgotten. I still remember each and everyone of you, and the impact you made on our lives. Thank you! I miss each of you dearly!

I have learned that freedom isn't free! Not only does a soldier sacrifice his/ her time away from their family, but their family is left behind to wonder, and worry for them constantly until they return home. Hopefully safe! Some are not so lucky!

So on this Memorial day weekend I want all of my readers to think about all that you have because of a soldier. You have freedom, peace, security and so much more! Please I urge you to thank a soldier. Thank a veteran. All too often we take for granted the things in life that mean so much, and we ignore the fact that some where, someone is sacrificing everything just for us!

In closing I just want to say THANK YOU to ALL of our Military men and women. THANK YOU to their families because your job is just as hard as theirs, when you are left behind to keep things running smoothly until their return. THANK YOU to any veteran who has served our country. To the men and women who have gave it all and sacrificed their lives for our country..... THANK YOU! May you rest in peace, and my prayers go out to each and every one of you! Happy Memorial Day! God bless! Amy

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A change of plans

Yesterday was my oldest sons last day of school. We took my husband to work with the anticipation that we were going to his soccer practice right afterwards. I think mother nature had other plans.... We were rained out. While disappointed my son realized that there wasn't really much he could do about the situation. Earlier in the day while cleaning out my purse I found a certificate that had slipped out of my planner, for a free small pizza from Snappy Tomato Pizza. He earned this last year for becoming a new Cub Scout. Oops!!! Glad it didn't have an expiration date on it. I couldn't bear to see the sadness and disappointment on his little face so I surprised him with his very own pizza. He loved that it was just his size, and it was all his, and he didn't have to share (Even though he was a sweet heart and shared a piece any way)

Once the pizza was gone we decided that when my youngest went to bed it was time to tackle the oldest childs bedroom, which also led to tackling the closet. I must say it's amazing what two hours of sorting action figures, army men, LEGOS, coloring books, and crayons; throwing broken toys and trash away, and reorganizing can do to a room. His room looks great... for now! I know he is a kid so I am not expecting it to stay this way very long. But hey I can dream a little!

I am hoping to reorganize my younger sons bedroom and closet very soon. This is a bit trickier unless my husband has a day off to help watch him. He took his first steps around 12 month, each day he has been taking more and more steps it seems like. Well.... Yesterday he kept walking everywhere. So it's official.... He is WALKING!!!  HE is also into EVERYTHING!!!!! He pulls all of his books off from the book shelf, dumps all of the toys, throws food onto the floor just to watch it drop and see what mommy and daddy will do. Fun times with a toddler! He is learning cause and effect without realizing it. What happens if I drop this? What happens when I climb on the couch? (Mommy freaks out) Boys seem so fearless.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! God bless each and everyone of my readers!
Until next time,
                            Amy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Never ending to-do list

Hello everyone,
                          I hope you all are doing well. I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful weather we have been having. It's not supposed to last much longer as storms are headed for us. With that being said my thoughts and prayers go out to those who were affected by the latest tornadoes. Such a tragedy, my heart breaks for you and your families as I hear new news reports.

I have been going over my to do list, and it seems to be growing and growing faster than I can get things done. When I think about how much I need to get done I can hear the words of my mother "A woman's work is never done!"   running through my mind. It seems no matter how much laundry I do, it some how always makes it on my to do list. With my laundry, my husbands, and our two boys.... laundry is just about an every day chore.
While getting my youngest son ready for bed I realized that it's once again time to go through the kids clothes and box up what is too small and get rid of it. While searching for something for my son to wear tomorrow I realized that his closet needs reorganizing, so I jot that down on my to do list. While I'm at it I already know that my older son probably needs his closet reorganized too, so I jot that down as well.
Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day. In fact Wednesdays are always my busiest day of the week. Pay day, pay bills, grocery shop for the week, take my husband to work, and my oldest son to soccer practice, then pick up my husband so he can have to car to get home after work, get the kids fed, bathed, and in bed. Some how I am already exhausted just thinking about it. Hope everyone has a wonderful night. Sweet dreams! God bless! Until next time,
                                                          Amy

Deals I found this week

Meijer
Ball Park Hotdogs 5 for $5 if you still have the 75 cents off 2 coupon even better deal. (My meijer doubles coupons) I plan on buying 6 packs which with the deal and the coupon should be equal to buy 3 get 3 free.

Koolaid 20 for $2  use the buy 10 get 3 free coupon

Frenchs mustard $1.49 my .50 coupon will double to $1.00 so I will only have to pay .49 each

Kroger
Gillette Fusion normally $4 - $5 each. On sale this week 2 for $5. I used 2 $2.00 off coupons and only paid .50 each. With tax my total was $1.30

Remkee
Sun Beam Giant Bread 98 Cents each
Miracle Whip $2.99 there is supposed to be a coupon for $1.00 off in the Remkee ad making it $1.99 each

and last but not least
CVS
Suave Deodorant $1.00 use coupon .25 off and pay .75 each

Please feel free to let me know of any deals that you found. Can't wait to read them. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Weekend camping trip

My husband and oldest son are going on a weekend camping trip tomorrow with my sons cub scout unit. My son will transition from a tiger cub to a wolf. I am very proud of all he has accomplished so far.
While my husband had to be at work, and my son has school tomorrow, I am left to prepare as much as I can for their trip, tonight.  Bug spray, ponchos (it's supposed to rain), washing the sleeping bags that have been in storage. Snacks, (their pack is providing meals) extra water, water bottles, washing out the cooler, preparing the backpacks, sun screen, extra clothes, my sons cub scout uniform. I also have to make sure his soccer uniform is ready, as he has a game on Sunday after I pick them up.

I thought about going with them, but our youngest is still in diapers, and I do not want to go through that mess. Besides, it's supposed to rain and they don't make ponchos in infant/ toddler sizes. It will give me a chance to get some things done here around the house hopefully, that is as long as my youngest lets me.
Well this stuff isn't going to pack itself, so I better close so I can go get busy. Until next time,
                                                                         God bless!
                                                                                                        Amy


Caught in the rain

It has been one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right. It seems like we are constantly rushing out the door for something, and I don't know why but it seems like we are always getting caught in the rain. Literally!!  It will be bright and the sun shining, warm and a gentle breeze, and no rain in the forecast, or at least a very low chance of rain. It seems like that is when it has rained the most.

Life can be like that sometimes. Everything seems to be going great, and suddenly the rug gets pulled out from underneath of you and you fall. You try and try to get back up but your knees and your back are too sore from the fall, so you look around for someone to help you up. Everyone else is gone, busy, they have their own lives. That is when you need to fully rely on God. (F.R.O.G.) You've probably figured by now that I am not really talking about a slip and fall, I am using a metaphor.

My husband works very hard, and lately it seems that no matter how much his pay is, it just isn't enough. I have been a stay at home mom for so many years now, and I have been putting in application after application with no luck at all. We both dread pay day, it means we have to rob Peter to pay Paul and see how far we can stretch and what we can put off until the next week. This usually ends up being the most stressful day seeing as how bills have to be paid, it's shopping day, and my husband goes to work early all in the same day. We share one car so you can see how things would be rush, rush, rush, and very stressful. I have tried to push back the shopping day and this honestly is the best day for it due to sales, and the stores supplies.

So I have done a lot of crying out to God lately. Especially this past pay day. It was terrible! Nothing was going right, it was raining off and on. My stress levels were up, my husbands were up, and on top of everything else I had to deal with once again robing Peter to pay Paul, and grocery shopping with a fussy one year old. NOT FUN!!! I tried to call a different number of people and no one answered. I needed someone to talk to. Someone to cry out to. I tried to turn on the radio in the car to K LOVE radio. Where I live we have two stations that work and play K LOVE and neither one of them would come in on that day. I was furious, and so I began to yell at God while looking up at the sky. "Really God, is THIS how today is going to go? Don't you think I have enough on my plate already?" I felt like God was telling me "I am here, I have always been here, I will never leave. Talk to me, tell me how you are feeling. And if you have to yell, then yell at me, I will listen. I love you my child."
It was then that I realized that God wanted to hear from me. He already knew what was going on, he already knew that I would try to call everyone I thought would listen. He already knew I would try to turn on the radio to drown out my problems. He wanted me to tell him how I felt. Open up to him. So when I called and no one answered God was saying "I will always answer". When I tried to drown out my problems God was saying "Give your problems to me. TRUST ME!"

Friend if you are reading this and you feel like you're caught out in the rain. You feel like you have been trying and trying, but you're not getting anywhere. No matter how hard you try to climb you slip on the mud and fall deeper. There is a way, I am telling you all you have to do is cry out to God and tell him your needs. He will supply your needs.
I will close with this, the same day, when I didn't think there was any hope left, I decided to pay the bills that I could and scrap together what was left. I called to pay the last bill and the automated system quoted an amount that was a lot cheaper than my bill said I was supposed to pay. Before I let myself get excited I asked for a customer service representative. I told the representative what was going on, and told him that I wasn't complaining if my bill was lower than expected, I just wanted to make sure that the system didn't mess up and I was going to have to pay more later. He said "No ma'am, the automated system is correct." I began to cry tears of joy and he probably thought I was crazy but I don't care, God answered my prayer right there. He made a way! And he can make a way for you too! God bless!
Until next time,
                         Amy

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Family Fun Festival

Hello everyone,
                     Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Today our local library had a car show and a family fun festival. My kids had never been to a car show, and my oldest REALLY enjoyed seeing all of the old cars. He was really excited to get to vote for his favorite car as well.

The family fun festival had games that the kids could play and win prizes. Candy, stickers, or a small toy. My oldest played every game they had. First he played mini golf, then he played launch the frog onto a lily pad (you have a rubber mallet and have to hit a lever to launch the frog and try to land him on a lilly pad), football toss (Throw a football and try to get it in one of the holes), knock em down (bottle bowling basically), ring toss, color roulette (The kids spin a big color wheel, and get a prize. There is a different prize for each color), perfect pair (Try to bounce a ping pong ball into a mason jar), Velcro darts, swimming ducks (rubber ducks in water, the kids pick a duck and there are different prizes that are given for each number on the bottom of each duck), Dino Dig (The kids dig with their hands in the sand and find an egg to win a prize), Tic Tac Toe (With a twist, kids have to throw balls and try to make a tic tac toe), and finally match the color ring toss ( different colors of 2 liter bottles, try to throw the matching ring onto the matching bottle).

After we played every game they offered, we made our way over to the snack area. There was a band playing, they were serving popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy. My son is still scared of cotton candy (there is a very funny story that happened at a birthday party we went to once, he has been afraid of cotton candy ever since) I am very thankful that our library has programs like this that I can take the kids to. They can have fun and enjoy themselves, I can relax a little bit, and meet and talk with other moms. I hope they do this again next year. If they do, we will be going. I can't wait! Thanks for reading! God bless!
Until next time,
                        Amy

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Baby/toddler proofing an apartment

Hello everyone!

                       I hope everyone is having a great day. I am at a loss, and I am reaching out for any ideas you may have. We live in an apartment. Our youngest son is just over a year old. Our apartment has very strict rules about not drilling into the cabinets (for baby safety locks, etc) At first we just put a big play yard up to block off the entire kitchen (problem solved!) . Until now... Our son has been crawling for a long time now and is now starting to take a few steps here and there. We have found out (and had a few minor heart attacks) that he is a very good climber. So we have closed the play yard. Basically is it a huge circle right now for him to safely play in. At times I wonder if he feels like a caged bird. When he has toys in there, it doesn't seem like a whole lot of room for him to try to walk. We had to block off the couch because he was climbing up onto it by himself, and walking, or jumping on it. My mommy alarms went off and I decided that I needed to take immediate action before he fell and seriously got hurt.

Once in a while for a change of scenery we take him to play in his bedroom which also has a gate up so he can't get out and roam in the hall way, bathroom, or his brothers room (Where it's basically LEGO land). He loves when we are able to play with him and let him out to play with the tupperware on the kitchen floor, or when we close all of the doors and let him crawl up and down the hallway from the living room to his bedroom (While following him of course) I am running out of ideas. I have blind cord baby proof things that you roll the cord up inside of and it keeps it out of his reach. He can reach the door handles now but they are not round door handles. We have french lever handles on our doors. I have never seen them on bedroom and bathroom doors until we moved here. How in the world do we make it safe for him to not be caged up all day long in his play yard? We have a few baby gates that we can put up, but besides that all we have is outlet covers (which I already went crazy and started putting in way before he could crawl) My cabinets don't have any handles on them so how am I supposed to keep him out of them without keeping him out of the room entirely? I am open to any ideas that anyone has. Can't wait to read your comments.  God bless!
Until next time,
                         Amy

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blessed

Hello everyone,
            I hope everyone is doing well. Lately I have realized that even though we are having it rough, like a lot of other families in this economy, we are truly blessed. I was catching up on the news, (I don't read a lot of news daily. I mostly get on once or twice a week just to catch up. ) and article after article reminded me of how blessed I am. Missing children, and loved ones, deaths, and murders, lives lost fighting for our country. I have my family, and we are healthy and safe. So I first want to thank God for blessing us. Secondly I want to thank the soldiers who risk their lives every day protecting our freedom. Third I want to thank the families of those soldiers. It's NOT easy I have been both a daughter in the Army and an Army wife. You're job is just as hard as their job. After all you have everything here at home to take care of, plus the constant worry if they are still alive, or injured, etc. So thank you for all that you do!
We have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, shoes on our feet, and food on our table. And we have each other! That is all we really need! God has provided so many things for us. All of our needs, and most of our wants. He didn't have to provide anything, but he said he would, and he kept his promise. God always keeps his word. He will never let us down, he will never forsake us. He will never leave us! How has God blessed you lately? Don't forget to thank him for your blessings, after all he doesn't have to give us anything, but he chooses to. Thanks for reading. Until next time, God bless!
                                                                                                                           Amy

Friday, May 3, 2013

While I'm waiting

Hello everyone!
                            Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Things have been very busy around here lately. My oldest has had a lot going on with soccer practice, games, and Cub Scouts. My youngest turned one last month, and he is testing his boundaries. He has started climbing up onto the couch by himself, and needs constant watching. He is trying to walk, so far the most he has taken is three steps before falling, I know any day now he is going to just take off walking.
He has started wanting me to rock him for his naps again. I used to be able to lay him down and he would go right to sleep. While I don't mind rocking him, especially because I know they grow up so fast, and soon won't let me rock him anymore; it does make life interesting at times. He has started saying "No no!" Wonder where he got that from? Oops!
I am happy to say that I think I finally found a great church for us to attend. I can't wait to go back, and see what God has in store for this Sunday! I have been a bit down and depressed lately as our car is having issues, and I was depending on our state taxes to fix it. Well our state taxes came yesterday FINALLY! My neighbor actually brought it up to me and said she just about opened it, not realizing that it wasn't her name. I guess the mail man put it into her box by mistake. My heart was pounding and I ran in to wake up my husband, and tell him the great news.... We can finally get the car fixed!! Then I opened it! My heart sank as it was NO WHERE near the amount we had expected. We used Turbo tax, and long story short, because we were multi-state  and turbo tax didn't take that into consideration along with taxes and so on, we didn't get very much. Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful for the amount we did get back. It's just no where near what we need to fix the car. I was hoping to get the car fixed, and take a trip in to visit my family, but now it looks like that can't happen for a while. I know God has a plan, and he will provide. I know it has to be in his time. Sometimes I just wish he would clue me in on his plan a little bit earlier. I guess that is why we have to have faith. Trust in him to provide.
I have been putting in application after application, and still nothing. I have tried to find the kids an affordable, but good quality daycare, but still I am getting no where. The daycares around here want $110.00 per child per week. I can't afford that, even with a job. I added up how much I would make both full time and part time on minimum wage, there is NO way. It would take my entire check and then some. I would literally be paying for someone else to watch my kids. I know other parents work, my question is how on earth do they afford it? We have one car we share, since my accident that totaled my car, we can not afford to buy another car. I keep praying for an answer. Right now I'm waiting! I'll leave you with one of my favorite songs, it's kind of perfect for my situation right now. God Bless! Until next time,
                                                                                                                       Amy

While I'm waiting By: John Waller <--------------- Click the link to hear one of my favorite songs
I do not own any rights to this song or video, just sharing a great song.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

How do you keep a 6 1/2 yr old boy organized?

Hello everyone,
                             I hope that your day is treating you well. Here at our house my son is currently throwing a fit in his room because he can not find his library card, (I have a kept the big card, and gave him the key tag for his key ring. ) I keep trying to tell him that if he keeps things organized and puts things back where they belong when he is finished, he won't have to spend so much time searching. This is very different from me, because I try to stay organized. As a mother of two boys, if I am not organized my day falls apart. My days are full of schedules, and lists. (And yes, I make time to put the lists down and spend that quality time you can never get back once it's gone) I realize that he is just a child. I realized he is a boy, and boys are way different than girls. We have tried storage bins with pictures on them so he knows where to put things when he is finished. I normally find everything under his bed or thrown in his closet. He even has a chore chart that he completes and gets paid so much for each chore completed. We also let him earn things like choice of restaurant if he gets so many stickers, or choice of a fun activity like bowling or mini golf, etc...  So I have to ask....  Does anyone have any advice on how to get, and keep my son more organized? The charts were working for a while, but lately he is even slacking on those! Thanks for reading! Until next time, God bless!!!!

                                         Amy

Monday, April 1, 2013

Whispers from God

Hello everyone,
                             Hope ya'll are doing well. I know they have been around for a while now, well years actually; but I just recently found out that I can listen to podcasts on my iphone. I know I know it's sad isn't it? Well anyways, this totally tickled me pink, because I found that one of my favorite preachers Jentezen Franklin has podcasts that I can download for free. I have been in my own little world listening to podcasts and praising God right along with them. So many messages I have listened to have really spoken to me, and touched me. Ever felt like something was meant for you to hear it? Well.... I have a lot lately!!

Jentezen Franklin talks about Samuel and how God whispered to him when he was just a young boy. He talks about how if we will just listen, God will whisper. God has a plan for our lives and even though we may not see how things could ever get better, when times are at their worst; we need to stop and pray for God to give us Samuel ears. Just listen to the gentle whispers of God. He will guide us.  I have often wondered if God was too busy to take the time to whisper to me. Then I realize that it's me. I get too busy. So easily I get caught up in life and rushing around, that I end up tuning out God's gentle whispers. I think I can work things out on my own. God steps back and waits patiently for me. Sometimes I learn my lesson before I fall flat on my face. Other times God lets me fall so that I realize that I NEED him! My goal for this week, to learn to listen more carefully to the gentle whispers of God. 

For those of you that know me well, you already know that I have struggled for many years, wondering what God wants me to do in life. What is my purpose? Right now, I am a stay at home wife and mother, to a wonderful husband and two amazing boys. There are times that I feel like this is where God wants me. Other times I feel like I should be doing more. I need to learn to listen to the gentle whispers of God and he will show me where I am supposed to be. My first step is finding a home church. I have struggled in finding a church that is right for me and my family. I have been to many churches that are great. I just haven't felt "At home" and those of you who are in the church you are supposed to be in KNOW what I'm talking about. I felt that way before we moved at my old church. I dearly miss that church. I dearly miss those people, they were my family! They ARE my family! My husbands job brought us to where we live now, so I am in search of a church that gives me that same feeling. I know that I will NEVER be able to replace those wonderful people. I wouldn't dare even try! So in closing I ask all of you to please pray with me, that I find the church that God wants me to go to. That God shows me where he wants me in life. Even if I am already here just being a wife and mother, as long as it is God's will for me. Thank you so much for your time and support! God bless!
                                                                                 Until next time,
                                                                                                   Amy

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Child Hunger

Hello everyone,
                           I pray everyone is having a wonderful Easter Sunday! Remember the true reason we celebrate this day. God sent his only son Jesus, to die on a cross for our sins, so that we might be saved. On the third day he arose from the grave! Death could NOT hold him! AMEN!!

I wanted to share something with you that is very close and dear to mine and my husbands heart. America has nearly 17 million (as of 2011) children that are food insecure every day. Think about how many more children go without a meal now just two years later. So many children are born into poverty here in the US.
I am not trying to discriminate against helping starving children in other countries, actually I think anything we can do to help is great! I am simply saying we need to step up and take care of our country! Let's work together and feed the children of America. But what if I don't have money to donate you might ask? Well, I'm not asking you to donate. Well then how can I help you might ask? You can help children by simply watching for codes on items you already buy. ConAgra Foods Foundation has made a way we can all help. You might already buy some of these popular brands so please I urge you to watch your boxes / packages for codes. 1 code = 1 meal.  Here is the list of brands that participate:

  • Banquet
  • Healthy Choice
  • Peter Pan
  • Orville Redenbacher's
  • Marie Callender's 
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Hunt's 
  • Snack Pack
  • Hunt's MANWICH
  • Kid Cuisine 
  • Crunch 'n Munch
  • Rosarita
  • Van Camp's
  • Wolf Brand Chili
  • Blue Bonnet
  • Egg Beaters
  • PAM
  • Reddi Whip
  • Ultra Grain
No extra money from your pocket, just simply look for the code on the packages of participating brands, and take the time (maybe 3 minutes) from your day to go to http://www.childhungerendshere.com/ and enter your code. Remember that 1 code = 1 meal. Don't forget to enter your zip code to help out a local food bank. Please help us and so many others fight child hunger across America.
                                                            Until next time, God bless!
                                                                                               Amy

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Toys r us deal

Hello all,
               Hope you are doing well. I thought I would share an amazing deal I just got at my local Toys R Us store in hopes that someone else might be able to use it too. While shopping for my youngest sons birthday present (He is turning 1 in April) I came across a sign that said Fisher Price Toys buy 1 for $29.99 or more get a Fisher Price Toy 24.99 or less free. I chose the Learn and Move Music Station 
and I got the Love to play puppy   for FREE!!! You can click on each one and the link should come up. Now this sale ends March 31, 2013 so hurry and don't miss out!!!

Feel free to share any super deals you might have! We would love to hear about them! As always have a wonderful day!
                                                   Until next time,
                                                                          Amy

Monday, March 25, 2013

So much for plans

Hello everyone,
                          I hope everyone is doing well today. I'm starting to think that mother nature is confused because it is supposed to be spring and here we are in the 30's and have snow on the ground.
So many things have been ruined due to weather lately. Both of my kids got sick at once on Friday. My oldest with a stomach bug, so I had to pick him up from school early. My youngest had the beginning of an ear infection (So glad we caught it early).  Our plans to go to Cub Scouts, and plant trees, and go to the library for the literacy fair, etc... were crushed because they weren't feeling well. I took them both to the doctor. They both seem to be doing great now. I am just glad they are feeling better now. It's no fun having a sick child, try having two sick at the same time. I felt like a rubber band, wanting to comfort both children at once, but my arms just couldn't stretch that far. 

   My oldest was so disappointed that he didn't get to go to Soccer. They canceled due to weather any way. My mother in law came in to visit and bought him everything he needed for soccer as his Easter gift, and he was just so crushed when he couldn't use it yet. I am happy that things are finally starting to get back to normal. Now if we could convince mother nature that it is Spring, we would be alright.

  Well everyone, my laundry just buzzed, it's time to change it over; and I have coupons that await me to clip and file. My wonderful husband went out and bought me three papers yesterday so I didn't have to get out in the yuck of the weather. There are some amazing coupons that I will be using, now just to match them up to the deals! Take care!
                                                               Until next time,
                                                                                              Amy

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Keeping busy

Hello,
              I hope everyone is doing well. Thought I would update on how things are going here. We are getting ready to start Soccer, and have some pretty exciting things coming up in Cub Scouts. We also have a few activities that our local library offers that we plan attending to.

First off Friday 22nd we are having a pack meeting with Cub Scouts. Saturday We have a full schedule with a Cub Scout trip to plant trees in the morning, an Easter egg hunt at the park, pictures and crafts with the Easter bunny, and an early childhood literacy fair. Sunday will be my oldest sons first Soccer game (which he is super excited about). Monday 25th we have reading buddies at the library after school, and a Den meeting with Cub Scouts. Tuesday we have Puppy Tales at the library ( my son really enjoyed this the last time, and can't wait to do it again). Thursday 28th we have LEGO time at the library.

Saturday April 6th is Pine Wood Derby Districts (Which we are still getting ready for. ) Sunday we will have another soccer game. Monday April 8th begins SPRING BREAK for my oldest son. Hot wheels racing at the library. (Can't wait to see my sons face!) Den meeting the same night, and finally..... April 13th my youngest turns 1 year old. :-(     I have all most all of the planning finished, I just have to pre-order his cake.

On top of all that I have to find the time to get a much needed car wash when the weather permits, and a long over due oil change. All the while I am still working on re-organizing parts of my house, and it is driving me crazy that it is moving so slowly! Going through things takes forever, but it must be done, because you can't organize junk!
                                                       Until next time! God bless you all,
                                                                                                            Amy

Sunday, March 17, 2013

M.O.M. = Master of multitasking

Hello readers,
                          Hope everyone is having a Happy St. Patrick's Day today! While spending the day with my kids, and trying to get a few things done around the house, I was inspired to write this post. The more I think about it, the more I find myself guilty of it. Multitasking!!!

            Any one else multitask? I guess I didn't realize how much I actually did, until I became a mother. I have two boys ages 6 years, and 11 months. I am constantly finding myself talking on the phone while cleaning, or folding laundry. Cooking dinner, and talking on the phone, or with a baby on my hip.
Rocking one child and reading a story to another, or helping with homework. There are days that I feel like a rubber band being stretched in every direction. Ever feel that way? I find myself feeling that way a lot with two kids. My youngest is afraid of the loud noise our vacuum makes so I always have to carry him on my hip while vacuuming the house, unless my husband is home, in which he will hold him. He has really bad separation anxiety (usually just with mommy) sometimes he will play quietly while I clean. He is normally okay as long as he can see or hear me. My oldest plays with him a lot when he is home which helps a great deal. I find myself holding him on my hip and unloading/ reloading the dishwasher. Putting him in his high chair to eat while I clean the kitchen. He can see me, and I am close enough that if he should choke I could get to him fast.  

           I like to exercise and talk on the phone, or listen to music while exercising. Sometimes I exercise while watching a show.  Fold laundry while watching a show, especially during commercials. Cleaning while I cook (which makes clean up so much easier) Sometimes I will help my oldest child study for a spelling test while making dinner. Grocery shopping while carrying a baby, a shopping list, and looking through sales ads and coupons to make sure I don't miss out on any deals. (For this very reason I LOVE my baby carrier, although most of the time my baby will sit in the cart)

       One of my favorites is preparing a big meal like on Thanksgiving and cooking multiple foods at once and taking care of two kids, without burning anything. I'm getting pretty good at that one, even though there are times I find myself begging for help from my husband. (He's pretty great and I normally don't even have to ask him) What are some ways you multitask?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

So worth it

I have to admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is my kids laughing and playing together. It really makes every thing I do, all the lost sleep, early mornings, and picking up a million and one toys a thousand times a day so worth it. It definitely makes my job as a mommy a lot easier when the kids get along.
With that said I have to share a video that someone posted on facebook a while back. It put a smile on my face and I hope it puts a smile on yours as well.

 
This lady is amazing! I do not own any rights to this video or song. Just wanted to share a funny video! Thanks for reading! 
                                      Until next time, 
                                                             Amy

Friday, March 15, 2013

Memories

  
   I remember coming home from school and smelling Mr. Clean and Bleach, and Pledge through out the house. I knew mom had been cleaning. She always had dinner on the table around the same time. My favorite meal mom made when I was growing up was pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn. To this day when ever I eat that same meal, it reminds me of growing up. I watched mom work her entire life and raise two kids on one pay check. I watched her work multiple jobs and clean houses on the side. Looking back now I wonder when did she ever have time to sleep? When did she take time for herself? A lot of the time, she didn't. Once in a while she got a break when dad picked us up for his weekend, or when we would visit grandma. Even with mom working multiple jobs, as kids we never felt neglected. It was just the opposite. We had a roof over our head, clothes on our back, shoes on our feet, food on our table, and a wonderful mother who filled our house with love and laughter. She taught me that nothing gets handed to you in life. That you have to work hard for everything you want, and then you have to work to keep it. Sounds like a lot of work to me! We always had what we needed, even if mom had to do without. I will never forget the day when I realized that. Mom had just taken us school shopping and we had gotten new shoes. We didn't need new shoes, we had multiple pairs of shoes we didn't wear just because they were out of style. We wanted them because everyone else had new shoes and we didn't want to be made fun of. When I realized moms shoes had a hole in one of them, and they were both falling apart, I felt horrible! Thank you so much mom for making sacrifices for us. Thank you for making sure we ALWAYS had EVERYTHING we needed and most of what we wanted! I only hope that I can be half the mom to my kids that you have been to us!

   I remember my dad teaching me how to ride my bike at Highland Elementary School. I wanted so badly to give up, but he made me get back on every time I fell. He wouldn't let me quit, and soon.... I too could ride my bike without training wheels. I remember playing baseball with my dad, and Nintendo. I remember my cousin would come over and play Mario Brothers with my dad and they would always beat it. One morning we played a trick on my cousin when he wouldn't get up and folded him up inside the hide-a- bed couch. We used to play tricks on mom. He would have me hide and tell my mom that he couldn't find me (which as a mother is very terrifying not to be able to find your child) He would give me a signal and I would jump out and say boo! We didn't do that one too much because it always got him into trouble! (I can't imagine why?)
There were bad times as well, but I am choosing to only concentrate on the good times for now. The past is in the past, and yes it hurts, but we've been working on it for a while now. I feel like we have actually started to get closer again.

   I remember my grandma singing in the car on the way to and from church every Sunday morning.Victory in Jesus, Oh how I love Jesus, and any other song that may have gotten stuck in her head.  I miss her voice, and often think of her. When I was little she had pulled a trick on me, she told me that I had the power to blow out the red lights and change them to green. I spent half of my childhood thinking that I could change lights. It makes me laugh now realizing that she used it as a way to keep me busy in the car. When we would have a bad thunderstorm she would tell me that it was God rearranging his furniture again, or once in a while he was bowling and kept getting strikes. She taught me so much growing up. Never to give up, and always, always stand up for what you believe in. She taught me to put God first in my life, and then family and friends. To always obey God, and trust that his way was best. I saw her suffer time and time again, yet her faith in God never failed! Not even once! I remember Sunday dinner at grandma's house. Christmas dinner, Easter dinner, Thanksgiving dinner (and you better come hungry!!!). Sometimes I miss grandma so bad it hurts. I feel empty inside, torn apart, nauseated even. I know we all have our time to go. I know she is in a much better place. She is where she worked so hard her whole life to be. HEAVEN!!! Kneeling at the feet of Jesus! I know that one day I will see her again! Until then I will hold tight to the memories that I cherish so dearly!
  

  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Separation anxiety

Hello all,
                  Hope everyone is doing well today! Now I know that most parents have heard of separation anxiety, if you have not you probably soon will. I have been dealing with my 10 1/2 month old having a terrible case of separation anxiety. Some days it is almost unbearable for me because he screams if I leave the room to go to the bathroom. When I say scream I mean it sounds like he just fell and busted his head or something. Some days if I walk more than two feet away but remain in the same room with him he gets panicky. I love my son but he is driving me crazy when this happens. It makes it very hard to do much of anything else, but I have his brother to take care of, a husband, and an entire house to keep picked up.

    When this first started happening I just strapped him to be wearing the baby carrier. (Which I think may have done more spoiling than I realized, but it worked) I have to be careful how much I wear him. He is almost 20 pounds and I have been having trouble with my sciatic nerve causing lower back pain to the point to where even picking him up gets challenging at times. I have to be really careful, so that I do not injure my back further.

     My husband and I have rearranged our entire house, so I now need to go through and reorganize, and go through the boxes of things like nic nacs and papers, etc.... I feel like at times were are moving back in to our apartment with the boxes everywhere. I would really like to get this finished but with my son not able to let me out of his sight it is very difficult. I have been trying to do a little after his brother gets out of school and they are playing, but I have to stop and make dinner, and help with homework, and I don't want to totally ignore my kids to get this done. I have been trying to work on it at night after the kids go to bed, but not getting very far very fast.

  So from one desperate mother I am asking for any ideas you may have? Please feel free to comment below. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day.
                                                                                  Until next time,
                                                                                                        Amy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Date night

Hello everyone,

Hope everyone is doing well. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family. My mother in law was nice enough to come in and watch our children over night so we could have a much needed date night. I appreciated it so very much!

We went to dinner, and a movie. We laughed and talked, and reconnected in a way we haven't in quite a while with work, daily chores, and kids keeping us busy. Is it crazy that after being married almost 8 years (it will be 8 years this August) my husband still can give me butterflies with just one look? He takes my breath away and just when I think he has run out of ways, he always surprises me.
Hope everyone has a wonderful night! God bless and thanks for reading!
                                                                                      

                                                                              Until next time,
                                                                                                     Amy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pure Chaos

Hello everyone!

I know it's been a while since my last post, and I apologize. It has been so crazy around here since we got our tax return. We have been putting furniture together and rearranging things, reorganizing, and getting rid of a lot of things.Going to Cub Scout meetings and getting ready for the Blue and Gold Banquet, last night we made the decorations.  I have not stopped running all week and it is just exhausting!  I have been trying my best to keep up with the normal every day things around the house, but unfortunately I am falling behind on laundry. I have it all washed and dried, most of it folded, waiting to be put away. Lately I feel like a rubber band being stretched in each direction. ( Example: Today I got Tyler off the bus, and right away I had to make sure Tyler started his homework, then Ryan needed to be fed so I put some food on his tray while I was getting ready to start dinner. Then Tyler needed help with something on his homework, so I stopped looking for dinner to help him. My husband came in and asked me where something was that he was looking for, so I had to stop everything and go find it because he was on his way out the door for work. Then Ryan needed more food, so I got more food for him, then Tyler needed more help on his homework.) Needless to say I still have yet to cook dinner, and I'm not even sure why I'm typing this post when I should be cooking.  I know some of you reading this are probably going that's nothing I put this kind of thing on a daily basis. I usually have a routine, and when that routine gets out of wack it makes for a bad day normally.
I am so tired and exhausted I could go to sleep right now and not wake up until tomorrow morning when my alarm goes off. Being a mommy I can't do that. I honestly wouldn't change it for the world. Guess I will just have to go to bed a little bit earlier tonight. For now I am going to go make dinner, and hope the kids go to bed with no problems tonight and hopefully we all sleep great! Prayers appreciated! Thanks!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Time for a change

Am I the only one who has the winter blues? I am tired of the cold, and tired of the snow and ice. I am MORE than ready for Spring to get here already. Anyone who knows me knows that I spring clean like crazy. I am itching to start, but I don't want to start certain things like shampooing the carpets until the snow is done for the season. I am how ever ready to start going through things and throwing out old, unused items and get new, or just simply have empty space.

My husband and I took some measurements today and went to a few furniture stores to begin getting ideas of what we want. I am honestly excited for this. I am ready for change. I have to say that without even realizing it my neighbors inspired me to start. I'm not proud of it but it actually started out with me having the "green eyes monster". Plain old fashioned jealousy. I know that I am not supposed to be jealous or want what others have, but I am a human, and I am not perfect. Therefore I sin like everyone else and I had an awful case of jealousy today. So much in fact that it put me in a sour mood for a while. Then I got to thinking why be jealous? My husband and I have nice things, and we have more than most people have. Why not just change the things I don't like? So that is our plan. We are using this year to make changes. I say "year" because I know it is going to take time. Nothing happens over night. I feel better now that we have a plan and are moving forward.

Have you ever had a visit from the green eyed monster jealousy? What are some of your experiences? I used to hate the idea of change but it's starting to grow on me the older I get. How do you handle change?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"ME TIME"

Ever feel like life sort of happens, and some where in the chaos of things you begin to lose yourself? You fall into routines and the things you once loved to do are only a memory of what once was.
I love my life don't get me wrong. I am happily married, my husband and I have two wonderful boys who keep the smile on my face. I enjoy spending time with my family, but when I get mommy time I normally end up cleaning, or watching Grey's Anatomy. Not that cleaning isn't important, but I'm supposed to be having mommy time.... Me time! I do enjoy watching Grey's Anatomy, but I used to do so much that I no longer do.

I used to write, poems, and songs..... I honestly haven't written in years.
I used to play the keyboard. Never had a lesson, I play by ear, and teaching myself notes. I know tons of people who play better than me and I would NEVER play in front of them due to embarrassment, but I once enjoyed playing the keyboard.
Organizing- I still organize, but now it has become a HAVE TO and I miss the days when it was FUN!
Reading for fun- I miss the days when I was able to sit in the shade on a warm summers day and read a book just for fun. I miss being able to read without having to constantly mark my page and get distracted by something else, by the time I come back I have to re-read what I already read because I took so long taking care of other things that I forgot what I already read.
Shopping- This one I REALLY miss. With the economy the way it is and me being a stay at home mom I get to grocery shop and that is about it. Besides shopping was always more fun when you had a friend to come along. I don't have friends the live close to me.
Card making and scrap booking- I used to sit for hours and make cards and work on scrap booking memories. Now I have no work space besides the kitchen table. I have to clear it off for meals, and homework, etc.... I barely get my stuff set up and ready to go and I have to pack it all back up and put it away again.

 It sounds like I have a long list of complaints doesn't it? Well I intend to start doing the things I once loved and enjoyed. It's a part of who I am. I am going to MAKE time for me to do the things I once enjoyed doing. I want to enjoy them again.

What are some things that you enjoy doing? What are some things that you used to do but no longer feel like you have the time to do them? Will you join me in making "ME TIME" again?

Friday, January 25, 2013

To home school or not to home school that is the question?

Anyone out there home school? My husband grew up with both home school and public schooling. I think there could be pros and cons to both.
My son has been having issues at school and I am starting to wonder if pulling him out of public school for a year and home schooling him might help. He says he hates school, but honestly what kid doesn't at one point or another. I honestly think he will say he hates school even if he is home schooled. My concern is not with him liking or not liking school. My concern goes much more in depth, his social skills, his education, the possibility of him getting kicked out of school if his behavior continues.
His teacher has told me multiple times that he is above average, and is with the higher level group of kids when they split up into groups. Yet he has trouble concentrating, trouble paying attention, even at times acts out in class. As a parent I am embarrassed to even admit it. I feel like I have failed my child. My husband and I have tried different things to punish him for his behavior in school. Nothing seems to work. He will go most of the week in green (good behavior) and all of the sudden he will be in pink (the worst color, gets a pink slip sent home, after the second time he gets sent to the principal, and detention.... if it should occur again he could be suspended.) I can't believe my child is acting like this. What is worse I don't know why. If I don't know why I can't fix it.
I got a call from Tyler's teacher and we talked about 30 minutes. She asked if anything had changed at home. I told her his best friend moved away unexpectedly the day after Christmas. Tyler has been acting out at school since he came back from Christmas break. She thinks it might be because of this.... if it's not then we aren't sure what is causing it.
She said he had some problems before Christmas break but they are much worse now. So I have considered pulling Tyler out and teaching him at home to monitor his behavior myself. I would still keep him in Cub Scouts and play groups, etc....
Ideas? Suggestions? Anyone else been there done that? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The power of baking soda

So you probably know that baking soda is used for baking but did you know that there are other uses for baking soda? I didn't until I read the following.....

                                                           Baking soda uses

  •  Facial / skin smoother- mix 3 parts baking soda, 1 part water. Massage gently into skin with a circular motion.
  • Scribble eraser- sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and use it to remove crayon, pencil, and ink marks from painted surfaces. Wipe off residue.
  • Drain unclogger- pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain, chase with 1 cup vinegar. Let sit 5 minutes. Follow with a gallon of boiling water. (I have heard that you should only use this if your pipes are metal so please check before you try this)
  • Make your own bathroom scrub by mixing ¼ cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add vinegar to give it a thick, creamy texture.  
  • Foot soak- 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water.
         If anyone has any more uses please feel free to share. I would love to hear your ideas. 

At home manicure

We all love to be pampered and get a professional manicure, but when it's not in the budget you can still get the desired outcome at home for a fraction of the cost.

Beauty on a budget

We all love to be pampered, but with the economy in the shape it is in let's face it.... We can't always afford it. I have come across some super cheap ways to still get the same desired results.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Couponing

Hello again,
             Anyone love to coupon like me? Couponing for me used to be a hobby, now it's a way of life for me and my family. I do a lot of my shopping at Meijer. If you sign up for mperks you can get electronic coupons. All you have to do at the register is type in your phone number and pin and the coupons you chose on  http://www2.meijer.com/mperks/Default.aspx will be taken off your order. They will also send you emails with an ad preview for the following week. It usually comes out by Friday so you can start planning you trip and see what the next weeks deals will be. I know Kroger has the Kroger card and digital coupons as well.

Another thing I like to do is go to www.sundaycouponpreview.com and actually see what coupons are going to be in my Sunday paper. It is usually pretty accurate for me and the area I live in, but I have been told by very good sources that it doesn't work in Hawaii, and a few other places.

There are tons of websites that can help you learn to coupon, or become a better couponer.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog simply Amy. Some of you might have followed my other blog anmjensen.webs.com but unfortunately I had technical difficulties with that blog, so I will be using this blog from now on.

For those of you who don't know me... Allow me to introduce myself.
I am Amy, I am happily married since August 5, 2005 and together my husband and I have 3 children. Our first child we lost at 11 weeks gestation, our angel baby. We are blessed to have two very healthy, very wonderful boys who keep us very busy. I am currently a stay at home mom, and have been for the last 5 years.

I am a Christian, I love to organize, make crafts (especially card making and scrap booking) I love baking, shopping (I'm a woman who loves retail therapy) I menu plan, and coupon. I try to make life simple, and I love helping others. I look forward to sharing my ideas, and hearing yours as well.