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Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Week's Menu

Well well well...

I decided to take a few days off from writing and blogging.  I've spent this time being super busy keeping my recliner warm.  My kids are going completely stir crazy.  School cannot start soon enough, both for them and me.  Structure, routine, a schedule.  I cannot.wait.

I also have been planning for a bunch of new stuff around here. I'll be rolling out a new logo hopefully for the last time, in the next week or so...I am just working on the details of it.  Also, where I've been pretty sporadic with posting, that's about to change too!  I've got a great little schedule worked out and I am really hoping I'll stick to it.  Seeing as how I have over 40 drafts ready to write/edit/post, I dang well better.

Also, I'm pretty sure you all noticed with my last few menu plans how burnt out I was getting...they were boring and lame.  I stopped focusing on cooking and really just wanted to write out impressive lists.  I am going back to the basics, what I know best.  I know that I am really good at making really good dinners. So I am going to go back to focusing on making good dinners. Breakfast and lunch always work themselves out around here but dinner, dinner is when I put time and effort into my cooking.

Lunch will be different starting next week though...Lucy gets to eat lunch at school now so I'll be packing her a lunch every day.  I am going to be using EasyLunch Boxes.  They fit perfect in this new Frozen lunchbox that I got Lucy which she is super excited about! In light of these bento box type lunches, I'll just be posting a picture of bento box lunch ideas every Sunday! Oh and be on the lookout Tuesday for a giveaway for the EasyLunch boxes!  

So this week's bento box ideas, next week I might post a list of what is in them, but really for the most part, they are pretty self explanatory right?

I am also scratching the shopping list idea.  The problem that I came across with my shopping list is that I get things delivered on top of doing some small shopping. I used the shopping list aspect for myself when I would go shopping...well I wouldn't put things on my list that I know would be getting delivered so I know that my list was a little off some weeks.  Now, instead, I am just scrapping it all together.  There was also the suggestion of adding recipes to my plans again.  So not only will I be posting links to the recipes I will be using from other people, I am going to start documenting what I do in the kitchen so that when I say we are having my famous potato soup, I can link it back to a recipe of said soup so you can enjoy it too.  Be patient with me though on the recipes...I am not a food blogger and good pictures are hard to take indoors especially now that it's getting darker earlier.

I think that is all for now...I am very excited about the upcoming changes and I can't wait to hear your feedback!

So on to this week's menu...

Monday- Tortellini Premavera
Tuesday-tortilla soup
Wednesday-BLTs with garlic sweet potato fries (recipe forthcoming)
Thursday-BBQ at school
Friday-BBQ pizza with homemade crust
Saturday-left overs

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Awesome Things Tuesday


Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! We have some really awesome features today, is one of them yours?

This week's features!

Randi's Pick - How to Make Wooden Apples from Crafting in the Rain

Ashley's Pick - Pen and Paper Cookie Bags from Hoopla Palooza

Lindsay's Pick - Citrus Plates from Crafting in the Rain

Amanda's Pick - Tissue Paper flowers to honor mom from Christianity Cove
honoring moms activity

Dee's Pick - Parisian Inspired Hope Chest from Backwoods Babies

Danielle's Pick - Hairy Friends from About Family Crafts
cut the grass head hair

And the most clicked link from last week...

Halloween Slime from Christianity Cove
Halloween Sunday School Lesson

Go ahead and grab a button folks!

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Now that you've seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they've been up to!

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Ashley Emmett - My Craftily Ever After
Lindsay Fekitoa - Frenchie Wraps
Amanda Corbet - Krafting Kreations
Dee LeBrilla - Cupcakes & Crowbars
Danielle Cole Reeves - Busy Moms Helper

We've also created a Pinterest board dedicated to the awesome things you link up each week! Make sure you are following it because we will be pinning ALL of our favorites links, not just the features!

Please read and follow the rules before adding your link.
  1. You may link up as many projects as you would like. They need to be YOUR creations and projects.
  2. Link directly to your post and NOT to your main blog.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

When the (F) Bomb drops

A few nights ago, Matt and I were watching Mad Men.  If you've never seen that show, it's about an ad company in New York in the 50's.  In this particular episode the main character's family, the Drapers, were having a birthday party.  A little boy was running through the house and knocked over something breakable.  A dad, who was not that boy's dad, grabbed him by the arm and told him off telling him he needed to be more careful and that he should be taken out back for a whooping.  Soon, the boy's father walks up and where you would expect the dad to be horrified that another adult was touching and disciplining their child, he wasn't.  In fact, without even knowing what happened, he quickly asked his son what he did wrong.

This, of course, would be the grounds for a lawsuit had it happened in today's world.  The boy's parents would swoop in as helicopter superheroes coming to the rescue of their scorned child.  "What did he do to you?" "Are you OK?" "HOW DARE YOU DISCIPLINE MY CHILD!"  These questions and accusations would come whether the child was guilty or not.  Obviously, their parents didn't see it so it didn't really happen right?

Unfortunately, this happens more often than not.  Case in point...

I was at the park the other day with my kids.  It was a park geared mostly to toddlers, smaller play structures, completely fenced in...a mother's dream park, really.  Aside from my kids, there were two other moms with kids there, probably 1.5 years old and 3 years old.  Shortly, a group of kids showed up.  I would say they were about 12-14 years in age and there were four of them, three girls and a boy.  They were playing off to the side away from the little kids being completely pleasant.

However, about 20 minutes into their visit, they grouped together where I heard one of the girls drop the eff bomb.  I turned quickly in their direction, glared and then went back to watching my kids dig in the dirt.  I said to myself "self, maybe you heard wrong, they couldn't possibly have just said the F-word in this park, in front of another adult and four small kids, they look like nice kids, you have to be wrong.  But, if it happens again, you have to call them out on it."

And what do you know, about 5 minutes later, I heard it again.  I turned to the kids and said "hey guys, I hope I didn't just hear what I thought I did, but I would appreciate it, if you didn't use the eff bomb at this playground when my kids are in earshot, they will repeat it because they heard you say it.  Thanks."  And I went back to my kids.

Sure, they could have said "ducking" or "sucking" or "mucking" but I am pretty sure those aren't the words they were saying.  They huddled together and whispered back and forth with each other and soon, they were gone.

Naturally, about 5 minutes later, their mom showed up.

"Hi, I live next door and my kids just came home to tell me that you thought you heard them using foul language and asked them not to."

"I sure did.  I heard one of them say the F-word twice and after the second time I asked them to please not talk that way with my kids around."

"Well they are horribly embarrassed and I am sorry, but they just don't talk that way, so I am not sure what you heard, but it isn't possible that is what they said."

"Hey, look, mother to mother, I appreciate you coming over, and sure, maybe I was wrong, however I am pretty sure I heard what they said and I just don't appreciate it being said around my kids.  I am sorry if I misheard them if they truly didn't say that.  But, kids will be kids."

"Oh yea, no thanks for bringing it up, but they really are good kids and they just don't talk like that."

"I am sure they don't."

And she walked away.

I have to say that if our roles were reversed I would have apologized for my kid's potty mouth.  I would express my embarrassment on behalf of my kids and ask them to go home.  I would then tell my kids, that even if they didn't say that word, someone thought they did and that is enough for me to give them the lecture of how that language is inappropriate, especially in a toddler park setting. I mean this is a talk that needs to happen regardless, so what a great time to bring it up.  

And look, none of us moms are perfect, and most certainly our kids are not.  I'm usually the mom that has to leave because her anti-social, speech delayed toddler is expressing himself physically instead of using his words or walking away.  I never question the fact that he got pissed because another kid just ripped a toy out of his hands, because, to me, hitting is hitting, regardless of why my son did it.

Would it annoy me that another parent corrected my child, sure, but mostly, because there would be a need for the correction, not that they had to do the correcting. And maybe this mom was embarrassed for her kids and wanted to believe that they would never use language like that instead of admitting that there was a possibility they could do such a thing.

A friend of mine used to tell me years ago that perseption is reality and that is something that I have held close to.  If I heard the kids using foul language, then chances are, they said it. Instead of denying or protecting, let's correct the behavior, move on, and have another cup of coffee.