TP & Print Boxes – recycled!

one wipe case done two to goTheres a list on my side bar, some of you may of noticed…

With a list of projects I want to complete.

Ive completed 2 of those!

This weekend I made a WIPE COVER for my huggies wipe case – It came out so cute.

I look forward to making many more for shower gifts. It was simple and I really believe anyone could make it.

Another project I wanted to work on – involved lots of cardboard.
So for a week – I collected some cardboard from around the house (we accumulate so much! – I blame this on our kids inability to conserve TP – and also print orders from my business) – It took very little time to get enough for this project… and if anyone needs boxes, come by – we have a stash ๐Ÿ™‚

So Saturday morning – before heading out for an all day trip to Photograph my Cousin’s Wife’s Maternity Pics & a visit with The Dew’s

– we did this….

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& then painted it!

The boys painted it for an hour 1/2!!

I turned on some Jamie Soles for them – Just got his new CD “Wells” – and our kids had a blast.

Heres some pictures from the “painting time”

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Owen did a little crawling around – eating crums off the floor during this time.
Until he found me – with a camera ๐Ÿ™‚

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I helped them cover a few spots they missed – although from this view , you can tell they used A LOT of paint ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was an awesome project. I highly recommend it to anyone!
Its pretty study too… once you tape it up well – and add the paint, I think it will withstand a good many play times ๐Ÿ™‚

and the cost… “PAINT” – so maybe a buck?

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– We hope to do a study on “castles” soon – and I think this will be a fun project to do again – with that study.
After all, you can’t have enough cardboard painted castles.

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Tell me about yourself… *updated*

Im trying to get an idea of who my blog readers are…
I would love that anyone who reads my blog rill this quick poll out.
It will take seconds ๐Ÿ™‚ – and is totally anonymous.

Thanks everyone! –

Blog Polls

note: Im expecting at least 300 people to do this – since theres around 500-600 unique visitors daily.
So no hiding! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also realize the AGE CATEGORIES I kinda sorta messed up ๐Ÿ™‚

Should of said 18-25
then 26-35
and so on.

Just a general idea is good ๐Ÿ™‚ – so if you are 25, you can put yourself in the 18-25 categories if you want

If that makes sense ๐Ÿ˜€ Age is just a number right? After all, when I went to fill this out, I said I was 25.. and then remembered I wasnt. Oops!

*update: In just an hour 455 people filled out the poll – and out of all those, NO MEN! Wow. Well I know my husband reads this – so maybe we will get at least 1 man HEHE – so glad you all have taken the time to do this tho – I have always wanted to know.*

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Skinnnyyyy

Well I guess I could say “I asked for it” ? or… “we should of known it was coming”
– I was crazy picky as a kid.
Still am.

So why shouldn’t our children be?

Well, I was hoping our kids would inherit their fathers ability to try new foods ๐Ÿ™‚ – instead of my refusal gene – that I am sure my mom can speak up on – that I was in fact, ODDLY PICKY.

This little dude has my eating habits 100%

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and he sure is skinny!

I was looking at him today as he ran around in his little boxers and muscle shirt – and was just amazed at how thin he has gotten.

He was never a chunky baby or toddler… but hes really thinned out this past year.

I know hes fine.. but Id love to figure out some more foods he could enjoy.

Many days I feel like im forcing him to much when it comes to trying new foods – and while I am all for “taking at least 2 bites”… – I want my children to enjoy our meals too.

    So! Im asking you all – share with me one of your favorite recipes.

I have a few rules tho:

1) Has to be fairly easy to make – im no chef ๐Ÿ™‚
2) No fish (I hate it – yes I know I should feed it to my kids, but you don’t understand – I cant even stand the smell!)
3) No crazy foods that I have to order from the internet to cook ๐Ÿ™‚

Eeee! Im excited! I have a few family fav’s myself – that Im going to share below.
So get your pencils ๐Ÿ™‚ – cause our kids love these, so maybe yours will too!

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Recipe #1: “Chicken with Juice (as our kids call it) or Sticky Chicken” – Recipe given to me by Kelly – our kids ADORE IT.

Ingredients:
~ 4-6 Chicken Thighs – with the skin
~ 1 cup soy sauce (this is not a low sodium recipe LOL)
~ 1 cup dark brown sugar (or light) – this is not a low sugar recipe HAHA
~ 2 squirts of ketchup (I never measure this – so like 2 teaspoons maybe?)
~ Garlic Salt
~ Rice (I use Jasmine Rice)

Directions:
~ Pre-heat oven to 375F
~ Lay Chicken Thighs thawed (raw) on 9×13 glass baking pan – side by side.
~ Mix Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar & Ketchup together in a bowl.
~ Sprinkle Garlic Salt over Chicken
~ Pour Soy Sauce mixture all over chicken
~ Baked un-covered for 1 hour – flipping chicken every 15-20 minutes.
~ While chicken cooks, you can cook your rice.

– Serve chicken (I cut it off the bones for my kids) – over rice, using a spoon to drizzle the juice from the pan over top, its so good. Our kids ask for seconds – we also try to serve this with a green veggie like green beans.

Recipe #2: “Beef Stew (or pork) with Coffee” – Recipe originally from Aliesha (i’ve tweaked it some)

Ingredients:
~ 1 small package of stewed beef (I get pre-cut beef or pork – because its just easier for me)
~ 1 yellow onion – sliced
~ 2 garlic cloves crushed
~ 2 large carrots (cut up)
~ 2 large idaho potatoes (or red)
~ 1 cup of coffee
~ 1 can of beefy mushroom soup (or beef broth – I found the beefy mushroom makes it creamier)
~ half can of cream of chicken soup
~ 1 can of water (I just use the beefy mushroom can for this)
~ Rice

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Directions:

~ Get a crock pot (large) – and pour in the cup of coffee, soups. Stir that up, then add in the meat.
~ I then throw in the onion (once cut up of course) – carrots, potatoe, and crushed garlic.
~ Stir it til everything is coated well..
~ Then I add in the cup of water last, stirring it all up once last time.
~ Place lid onto crock pot, and cook on high all day – for me its usually from 10am-5pm – I try to make it in the morning.
~ Serve beef stew over rice ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe #3: Salsa Tomatoe Soup thing” – this recipe has no name, really…

Ingredients:
~ 1 can of Tomato Bisque soup (its like a thicker tomato soup)
~ 1 cup of Salsa (nothing to spicy – kids wont eat it if it is)
~ 1 cup of mild cheddar
~ 6 flour tortillas (small – if you have bigger ones, just use less)
~ 1 lb of turkey burger (or hamburger -we prefer turkey)

Directions:
~ Pre-head oven to 350F
~ Use a skillet to cook the turkey – until browned and fully cooked.
~ Pre-cut the tortilla’s into 1 inch by 1 inch squares (set aside)
~ Pour in Salsa and Tomato Bisque soup
~ Stir together, then add in the tortilla’s little by little, stirring as you go.
~ Once tortilla’s are covered, add in half the cheese, stirring as well.
~ Then pour ingredients into a corning ware bowl (dish) – and then top with remaining cheese.
~ Bake uncovered until cheese is browned.

– We usually serve that dish with corn as well.

– now return the favor ๐Ÿ˜‰ and share in a comment one of your favorites.

Oh wait, I already said that ๐Ÿ™‚ – please do share!

*Note the cooking pictures have nothing to do with these particular recipes. They are just photos I took while cooking a new “egg plant” meatball recipe -which for us didn’t work out – the texture of the egg plant wasn’t something I was use to – but we tried it!*

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School Snacks = Happy Boys

Our boys are always hungry.
So by 10am – we take a break from schooling and have snack time.

Often times I will let them work during that time – so we don’t get to behind – and they actually do fairly well! As long as it isnt something that requires a lot of concentration – its usually just a coloring project or something simple.

School Snacks make for Happy Boys ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cheer's

Do your kids do cheers when they eat or drink?

Ours do.

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and for good reason – Superman Ice Cream is reason for cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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Who needs matching socks

IMG_4151With loads of laundry to wash and fold – plus cloth diapers… the last thing I want to do is fiddle with socks.

Our boys have acquired a large collection ofย  “colorful” socks – mostly from target – and over the past few years, I have realized it just isnt worth my time to sort these socks. Maybe thats my lazy gene coming out – but ๐Ÿ˜‰ the boys dont care, no one else seems to care, so why worry with it, right?

Instead of matching all these crazy socks – I have a $1 tote bag that I throw all the socks into. The bag then sit in my boys closet, where they can piddle through themselves and find matches. Most times the socks don’t match… but Im ok with that ๐Ÿ™‚

In fact, mine don’t alway match either ๐Ÿ™‚

So, if you have lots of little feet in your home, save yourself some time – get a tote bag, throw them in, and the head ache of organizing socks is fixed.

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– I also don’t flip socks inside out again – its my boys responsibility to do this. So many times I toss inside out socks into the tote. Which saves me even more time!

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Wake Up

Sometimes I have to wake Owen up…

if I dont, he will nap all morning – then refuse his afternoon nap – which is when I get “my stuff” done – aka work out, devotions, print orders, etc…

So even though I hate to wake a sleeping baby… its sometimes a must in our home.

I had to photograph him waking up for fun one time – and heres what I got.

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If you look closely to the above photo you can tell hes a bit disturbed ๐Ÿ™‚
He was just beginning to wake when I took the pictures, so his brows look tense.

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He woke up with a smile…. at 1st

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Then he seemed a bit confused why I had a big camera pointed in his face

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Annoyance stepped in ๐Ÿ™‚ – but its nothing a few giggles and silly sounds wouldnt fix

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So a few interesting expressions, no tears – and then all smiles.
I say that was a successful waking up experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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