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
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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
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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.