Guilt Mommy buys

Well, since buying that awful bird book for my daughter and scaring get half to death…

I made up for it with these cute Flamingo finds  at Michaels for her.

I also took measurements of the big bird book and now will be on the hunt for cheaper o f hand 14×17 picture frames. I’m not sure if they make them, but will keep a tape measure in my purse from now on. 

I want to frame some of the more normal bird pictures to sell. 

1. Straws

2. Hair ties

3. Playing cards

4. Sleep mask

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Homemade Cold Stone ice-cream

We went to Cold Stone Creamery for date night a few weeks ago. Two sundaes, $14!
I came home and googled homemade Cold Stone Creamery icecream,  which took me straight to YouTube.
As long as you have a Pampered Chef stoneware, or some other type of stoneware, you can make this too. 
I used my Pampered Chef cookie sheet.

I placed it in the freezer for ten minutes, then took it out and placed a healthy scoop of ice cream on it. Then I added some fixings. 

For mine I added a few vanilla wafers and a banana. 

Then using my Papered Chef slicer  I began to cut the wafers and banana into the ice cream. 

Just a few minutes later….wa’la!

Banana Pudding Cold stone ice cream. 

Cost: .50 per serving.


I made the kids some chocolate,peanut butter, marshmallow, cookie ones.

It looked like this after it was mixed.

I made dh’s a ‘little bit of everything’  

Homestyle Vanilla Ice cream, gram crackers, Carmel, walnuts, and fudge. Mmm!

The finished sundae!

The key is to have the stoneware very cold. 

This was a much cheaper option then having icecream sundaes out. It was also a lot of fun to make. 

I definitely will be making these again. 

Maybe once a month for movie night. 😉

Homemade Cold Stone ice-cream

We went to Cold Stone Creamery for date night a few weeks ago. Two sundaes, $14!
I came home and googled homemade Cold Stone Creamery icecream,  which took me straight to YouTube.
As long as you have a Pampered Chef stoneware, or some other type of stoneware, you can make this too. 
I used my Pampered Chef cookie sheet.

I placed it in the freezer for ten minutes, then took it out and placed a healthy scoop of ice cream on it. Then I added some fixings. 

For mine I added a few vanilla wafers and a banana. 

Then using my Papered Chef slicer  I began to cut the wafers and banana into the ice cream. 

Just a few minutes later….wa’la!

Banana Pudding Cold stone ice cream. 

Cost: .50 per serving.


I made the kids some chocolate,peanut butter, marshmallow, cookie ones.

It looked like this after it was mixed.

I made dh’s a ‘little bit of everything’  

Homestyle Vanilla Ice cream, gram crackers, Carmel, walnuts, and fudge. Mmm!

The finished sundae!

The key is to have the stoneware be very cold. 

This was a much cheaper option then having icecream sundaes out. It was also a lot of fun to make. 

I definitely will be making these again. 

Maybe once a month for movie night. 😉

Children = L.O.V.E

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What a Beautiful Day to be outside.

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Happy Kids❤️

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My little dreamer…

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She has such a zest for life. Love my little peanut!

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Life happens at home.❤️

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Children are a blessing from the Lord. It is truly the only thing we can take with us to Heaven.

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School lunches and Fitness

I’ve been trying to recall what type of school lunches I had growing up. I don’t think they were the picture of health….Grilled Cheese and French Fries, Pizza, Hamburgers, chicken nuggets, Fried fish sandwiches,Hot dogs, along with the occasional Tuna Boat, which was my personal favorite.

I recall corn and carrots, but I think that is it as far as veggies went. I don’t recall salads at all. And we had chocolate milk and white milk as drink choices.

 

So not very healthy…However, there was only a couple overweight kids that I can recall. In fact, I can only think of two. And they were both boys who were called names and humiliated, for their extra pounds.

This has left me confused at why so many kids are overweight.
Is it because many schools  have cut gym classes?
Is it because they are not getting the exercise after school as we did? –Playing outside till dinner time?
Is it because there was an ‘actual dinner time’ where moms were home in time to cook real meals?

Or is it because we now have 10x the convenience choices of prepackaged foods, and even if kids have a babysitter, the baysitter is left with prepackaged foods to prepare for the kids?

Perhaps it is all of the above?

Today DH and I had a long drawn out talk about this.
I casually made the comment  to him,  that I actually like  Michelle Obama.
I like her mainly because she is so pro-active in her children’s lives, as well as the lives of other school age children.
I also like seeing all the media pictures of her Organic gardening and giving talks at  public schools about health and overall nutrition…I can not recall any other first ladies that have made so much of an impact on kids lives. :o/

DH laughed, then laughed some more.
He thinks it is all a hoax, and the media is just showing the  five minuets here and there of Michelle doing a few ‘good deeds’ –But not because she cares. More for brownie points!
Not that the women would ever touch a brownie! lol

DH feels that she is nothing but ‘A BRAND’

We agreed to disagree, and that was that.

I can not say 100% whether he is right or not..but I do like her.

DH also mentioned how Laura Bush did the same thing with her views on education.

But did she also make a real difference?

Peacemaker, Or Not?

Ok, so yesterday my son had his first “encounter”. He is my only son, and is surrounded by girls most days, and when he is at a friends house who has 4 sons, he usually ends up finding his way back to the girls..Not that I mind him being in tune with girls. This will come in handy in later life! :o)

Getting back to yesterday~ He went to this boys group thing. It was a homeschool thing and the boys all shunned him, in fact one of the little boys actually told him to get outta here, that they did not want him playing with them! Ugh!

I had to do everything I could not to take matters into my own hands. 

 Anyway, being the sweetheart that he is, he walked away with his head down and came to me and then started crying!!! *the kiss of death at age 7, especially in front of 6 other 7 year olds..*

So, what is a mother to do?

My husband believes that just walking away is the right thing to do…BUT, I really wanted him to smack the little monster upside the head! (Yes, I just said that!)

Or at the very least, NOT, put his head down as a victim and maybe say..Whatever! and then walk away with his head up high… But, as I said, I am no expert on boys! :o(

I watched this happen three different times yesterday, before deciding that those other boys are big meanys and my son is too good to grace them with his presence.

This, is my maternal over protective motherly thinking though. I realize it is not the best thing to set my son up for. There are always going to be big meanys!

So, today I am trying to think of a good way to teach my son to not take other boys crap, but yet, set the example…but then again..Kick their butt just a little??? lol

Any one else have this problem, I am all ears..*Sigh*