Lego Birthday Party

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For my little boy’s 4th birthday he decided that he wanted a Lego party. Sounded like a good idea since the Lego Movie just came out and the whole Lego extravaganza was really taking off. So when going to pick up party supplies I thought it would be no problem finding things. But to my surprise someone thought it was a good idea to discontinue the Lego birthday theme!

What! are you crazy?! I though “what am I suppose to do now?” My little boy already had his heart set on this. Good thing he has a mom who likes crafts and party planning.

Only thing I could think was, “let the brain storming begin!” And actually it worked out much better. My son and I got to make a lot of  the party decorations together. (perfect bonding time) As well as I liked the fact that we came up with it instead of just buying some plates and cups with pictures on them. The whole birthday didn’t cost much because I’m cheap and refuse to spend a lot on decorations that you will more than likely throw away, however I do want the party to look nice.  Here are some pictures from the party.

Lego Birthday PartyI got these cute little gift bags for the kids to take home. Found them at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 for a pack of 12. So what I did was go to Hobby Lobby’s website and get the 40% off coupon. I needed more than 12 so I got another pack and just paid for them separate so I could use the coupon on both! (yep I’m that person). The cute stickers are from a book we found at Walmart for $5.99. Comes with over a 1000 stickers and after I picked which ones I needed just gave it to my son. Win!Win!

Lego Birthday PartyFor the cups I got these from Walmart as well for around $5.99 for 50 cups. Then took a sharpie and drew on the faces to look like the Lego faces. Cut out a little construction paper (we already had that but think you can get that for about $1 at the dollar store) and wrote what the drink was and put a sticker beside it. Cute and cheap! The kids loved them!

lego birthday partyNext was some juice boxes and I made the look like Legos. I saw this on Pinterest and it turned out really cute. I took construction paper, wrapped the juice box and taped it. Then cute out little circles and taped them on. It was tedious because I cut each of the circles by hand because I refused to buy the thing from Hobby Lobby for $10 to cut circles. (cheap I know)

lego birthday partyFor the plates I got a solid color from Walmart for about $5.50 for 24 and then some solid color cake plates for $2.50 for 24. I used my sons bigger blocks (because to build that out of Legos would have taken FOREVER) to build this box to hold the plates. Stuck the forks in a cup that I drew a face on and made another sign with stickers and BAM! Cute!

lego birthday partyI made sandwiches and chips and dip for the party. For the cute little things in the sandwiches I used a cutter that cuts a perfect circle. You can find these at Hobby Lobby for about $12. You can use the coupon on this product and it is well worth the purchase. (this one cuts a bigger circle then the previous one I talked about) You will find that you use this for every party from here on out. So I cut those out, which was the party my son loved! Put a sticker in the center. Taped a toothpick to the back and that’s it! Easy!

lego birthday partyFor this I bought a table cover from Walmart for $1.00 then took some construction paper and cut it into a rectangle. Cut some circles and taped them where they look like they are lifted and they look like Legos. The Banner I made out of construction paper as well. I just free handed the letters and then put the stickers on them. Used a hole puncher to punch holes in the top and then ran a black ribbon through them. The ribbon was on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $1.00. Add some streamers that they sell for $1.00 each at Walmart and that’s it!

The party ended up turning out so much better than I could have imagined! Everyone loved the decorations and the party was a hit!

Hope this helps you with your Lego Birthday Party! :)

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Frozen Dinosaur Eggs

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I found this on Pinterest the other day and it was a big WIN with my 4 yr. old. So easy and so fun. He loved digging through his toys to find small dinosaurs to put inside as well as getting to use the hammer to bust them out. Perfect for little boys! Just be sure to monitor your little ones while they are using the hammer!

Dinosaur Egg

Below is the link to the page. Check it out!

http://pagingfunmums.com/2013/09/30/frozen-dinosaur-eggs-a-fun-activity-for-any-budding-archeologist/comment-page-1/#comment-112831


Don’t Judge Be Happy

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Don't Judge Be PositiveIts been a while since I’ve posted anything. Seems like I’m always on the go and when I do finally get a chance to rest I really don’t feel like writing! (lol) But this has been something that has been bothering me for a while. I guess its because I feel like I have someone in my life right now who is having trouble following my motto, “Don’t Judge Be Happy”.

No one wants to be judged so why do some feel the need to do it! I think some don’t realize that they are doing it. Or at least that’s what I tell myself to keep from judging them! Truth is it’s really hard not to judge others and we can do it without even realizing it. I use to be bad about doing it. Thinking that my opinion really mattered or that if I didn’t understand right way then they were wrong or whatnot. But as I’ve gotten older and wiser (haha) I started to think about how it would make me feel if someone judged the things I did. Because I know I do things different then most especially when it comes to mothering my children.

I guess that’s where it all started, when I became a mom. No mom does things the same and it took me a while to realize that that’s ok. We don’t all have to do things the same way. It doesn’t make one better than the other. Its just whatever works for you at that time. So now I try to live without judging others around me. The thing I tell myself that seems to help is “It’s between them and God.” Its not my place to judge others. I try to think outside the box when others are doing things that maybe I don’t understand. Everyone is different and view things in different ways, doesn’t make them wrong just makes them different. (and different can be good)

Doesn’t mean that I’m not afraid of judgement though! Some of my family doesn’t even know I have a Blog because it scares me to think what they might say. I hear how they talk about others and the way that they live and I don’t want to be the new topic of discussion! (Maybe one day I’ll tell them but not today, so don’t tell them either! :) )

Next time someone does something that you don’t understand don’t jump to conclusions about them or judge the way they live. It’s not your job (or your business) instead say something positive about them. Remember “to each is their own.” Last night for example a friend and I were talking about different life styles. I told her how my sister likes to live life to the fullest by partying and hanging with friends. Nothing wrong with that, it doesn’t effect me and its her life. It’s between her and God. But I really liked what she said and I totally felt the same way. She said that her idea of living life to the fullest is putting her little boy to bed every night. Couldn’t have said it better myself sister! Two totally different views, both very different and one is not more right than the other. (that doesn’t sound like good grammar but whatever) I don’t judge my sister for how she lives and she doesn’t judge me. And it took me awhile to get to that place.

Bottom line Don’t Judge Be Happy!  It will make your life so much easier!

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Momenemy

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You’re probably wondering what type of title this is. Momenemy=Mom/Enemy meaning, two mothers who interact sometimes as the best of friends, and in other instances the worst of enemies. (ya know like a friendenemy) Now we’re on this same page! I think every Mommy has one of these and it can make for stressful play-dates, birthday parties, etc.

I have one of these and it can be a very hurtful and trying thing to deal with. I know I fell like I have to suck it up because our children are the same age, will go to the same school and like the same things. So more than likely (unless they move away) we are always going to be around each other. And sometimes in these situations I feel as though one of the Mother’s is more I guess “fake” than the other.

By this I mean that they will talk about other Moms and judge their parenting (which I was also guilty of after my first child but have since learned that everyone does things different) and will smile and be cheerful to their face and as soon as they are out of sight say something negative about them! I don’t understand it! I guess I have just always thought that if you didn’t care for someone then you don’t be rude to them but you also don’t be fake either! I think being fake is almost worse than being rude. (that’s just my opinion)

But like I said I have one of these lovely people in my life and I feel as though I try to reach out and invite them to do things or just try to get to know them better as well as them getting to know me better all to end with having my feeling hurt and feeling upset. And when this happens I try REALLY hard to do what the Lord wants me to do. Now I’m sure some of you reading this are thinking,”oh great a bible thumper,” or something else negative. Let that be your cue go ahead and leave. Like I said in my “About” section I am a Christian and if that’s not your thing then either is this Blog! Moving on, I try to do what the Lord wants me to do which  is to seek approval from Him not from her. Think about that for a second, do we get our feeling hurt and get upset because we really are just wanting approval from them? Ding Ding! Of course that’s what it all boils down too.

It took me a long time (really long) to figure this out. Probably because I was searching for all the answers in the wrong places. Finally I turned to my Bible and Google. By Google I mean literally searching the internet to see what the Bible said about certain things I was dealing with. By doing this it opened my eyes to so many things and to look at situations in a different perspective. The main thing being to STOP seeking approval from others (that includes family) and just seek approval from God.  Galations 1:10 says, Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. 

I really never realized that I was doing this. I was trying to please other people, trying to win approval. Therefore I was not being a servant of Christ. But from praying and having faith that God would direct me to the answers I needed I found Peace. Now don’t get me wrong I still have moments were I’m bitter and angry with the way people are treating me or how I feel they should be treating me. When that happens I have to remember, Seek approval from Him. Not from others. 

It sure is hard being a Mommy sometimes, but I’m very glad that I have a God that will listen to me and show me the way. And even though I may stumble (which is almost everyday) he is there to pick me up and help me keep going. Romans 12:19-21 is another good thing to remember. I definitely read this one often when dealing with this Momenemy. I’ll let you look it up to see what it says. :)

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Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Snacks

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This is an easy recipe that I like to make for my family for breakfast. Along with some extras for snacking on throughout the day!

Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast SnackIngredients:

(Makes 8 Breakfast Pastry’s)

8 ounces Cream Cheese Softened

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3/4 Cup of Sugar

1 Can of Cherry Pie Filling

1/2 Cup of Butter Melted

2 Cans of Crescent Rolls

Any cookies that you have in the snack pantry

In a Medium bowl mix together the Cream Cheese, Sugar and Vanilla Extract until well blended. This will create the Cheesecake mixture. Open your can of Cherry Pie Filling. Open both Crescent Roll packages and roll out. You will use two triangles for each breakfast pastry. You will use a heaping spoonful of Cheesecake mixture and spread evenly onto the crescent roll triangle. Then you will add a spoonful of the Cherry Pie Filling. I tried to get as many cherrys as I could and not as much of the filling. Next you will add the other Crescent Roll triangle to the top of the one with the mixture on it. (this will be a little messy) Make sure you press the sides together well so that the mixture will not run out while its baking. Repeat with the rest of your Crescent Rolls.

Heat your oven to 350. Lightly grease a baking pan and place the Crescent Pastry’s on the tray. You will brush them with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Now I sometimes will only do half (4) Breakfast Pastrys. So I have extra Cheesecake mixture left over. This is where the cookies come into place. I usually use oreos because we almost always have some, but any cookie would probably work. I take the cookie apart and put a dollop of the mixture on the cookie. Then I add a Cherry to the top. I do this until I run out of Cheesecake mixture. Its nice because we eat on these throughout the day.

This is also a cheap Breakfast Snack. I got all of this at the dollar store!

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 


What The Poop?!?

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My little boy is kind of regressing with his potty training. He has had a couple of accidents lately and the other night he said that he pooped a little in his pants. (yay! just what you want to deal with after you eat supper) So I help him get his pants off and get him on the potty. While looking at his pants I didn’t notice any poop. Sometimes he will say he had an accident but nothings really there. Not thinking anything of it I go and put them in the wash along with a bunch of other clothes that needed washing.

That next day I’m using a towel that I had washed the night before and noticed it smelled terrible! Just like Poop!  

I think to myself, “what in the world!?” I had checked his pants before I put them in the wash and didn’t see anything. Well I figured I better go check our the rest of the clothes. They were still in the dryer. I really hate doing laundry so they usually don’t get folded right away.

Sure enough everything smelled terrible! I open the washer and it also stinks. So I start looking around and there it was. A turd sitting in the washer! (gross!) I guess it was stuck in his pants somewhere and I only checked his undies. Not how I wanted to start off my morning. I re-wash all the clothes and everything smells normal. Then I remember my husband wore some work clothes that were from that pile of clothes.

I laugh to myself as I text him, “Hey if you smell anything funny at work today it’s you!” Haha! I couldn’t stop laughing thinking about it. Just another funny Mommy Moment! 

Have a blessed day!

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You Brighten My Day With The Crazy Things You Say…

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My little boy can be so stinking funny sometimes. He really puts a smile on my face with the cute little things that he says. For instance we went to run errands the other day and ran into one of his friends parents. I said, “Hey look there’s your friends Mommy and Daddy.” Then he asked where his friend was. I said that I didn’t know, that maybe he was with his MawMaw. So he replies in a very serious and concerned voice, “No he’s at the hospital. He has a diagnosis (learned that from Doc. McStuffins) He has a broken heart.” At this point I’m thinking, what in the world! So I asked why the little boy had a broken heart. And the answer I got was Hilarious!  He gets a look on his face like a crazy man and yells, “Cuz that bank robber stole his stuff!” I busted out laughing, it was the funniest thing that I had heard all week. Never a dull moment with this kid.

Then next day my husband and I as well as the two kiddos were laying in our bed playing. My three year old says, “I’m four years old now, how old are you?” So I tell him 27 and he says No I’m 10. (ok whatever) Then I asked him how old he thought his Daddy was and he says, “Sniff sniff, he smells like he’s 8 years old.” Another laugh out loud moment. The rest of the day and a little the next I would look at my husband and tell him he smelled like he was 8 years old.

And the last was when he was playing with some Angry Bird band-aids I bought him and decided that my husband and I each needed some. He put 3 on my leg and looks at his Daddy and says, “Daddy you need one for your stoppers.” Wondering what a stopper is to him? That would be his Daddy’s nipples he was talking about. OMG!  Where did he come up with that? I was so funny for me and so awkward for my husband.

I love these little Mommy Moments! They are the moments that I will cherish for a lifetime.


Allergies Will Be The Death of Me!

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I was blessed with a pretty awesome husband. Although he does have one thing that drives me (and him) crazy…Allergies! This awesomeness has been passed down to my two kiddos as well. And with that being said this is why I chose the title “Allergies will be the death of me.”

It’s not too bad with my 6 month old, but with my 3 year old it’s a nightmare! When his allergies start getting out of control he also starts getting out of control. First the nose starts running which means the back talking starts. Then the gunk in the throat starts building which means my anger and agitatingness (I know that not a real word but whatever) also starts to build.  Then comes the explosion! He’s crying and I’m crying and my little girl is crying because I guess she thinks that’s what she suppose to do. There are a lot of tears.

And it is like this every single time! It has not gotten better as far as allergies go. I know that you don’t feel well when all that is going on, but come on. He can be down right difficult. I try disciplining him with time outs and taking toys away and sometimes spankings. (yes we do spank occasionally in our house) Nothing works!

Today for instance, we are coming home from my mother-in-laws and he decides he wanted to get a drink from there before we left. Well I didn’t know he wanted one, he never said anything. But he expects me to turn the car around and go back so he can get one. I calmly tell him we have drinks at home and that next time we are there he can bring one home, but that’s not the answer he is looking for.

He proceeds to whine the entire way home and eventually falls asleep. Awesome! Until I try to carry him in. He starts crying and yelling that he wants to sleep in the truck and I’m telling him No it is to cold. And I have to carry him kicking and screaming into the house. It was awful!

He doesn’t give up and I eventually have to put him in our bedroom and tell him to stay there until he can calm down. (I needed to take a breather too) He was probably in there for an hour screaming and talking to himself. It was kind of funny because he was saying that I was going to be on the naughty list and not get any presents at Christmas. And the whole time I was waiting for him to calm down I kept telling myself, “Jesus help me to handle this in the right way, and that it will not always be like this.” We haven’t had a melt down like this in a long time. He is always grumpy and in trouble when his allergies are bad, but this time was REALLY bad!

I think parenting is a trial and error thing. When these thing were happening in the past I would try spanking first. Then I tried the corner and then time out in a room. Its hard! None of these ever really worked well and a lot of the time it would end with me yelling at him and both of us crying. I have a very hard headed kid and sometimes certain things would work one day and not work the next. One thing I have learned is that if I can keep my calm it definitely helps. And this is not always easy to do. But I refuse to have his think it’s ok to act this way and to treat me this way.

After it all blew over I went and told him that I thought he needed to say he was sorry. (which he did) Then I told him we could start over and gave him a huge and a kiss. I personally think that when it gets that bad that’s the only way to handle it. Don’t bring it up again and start all the negative energy over again. They need to know that it’s not ok to act that way and treat people that way. By taking the time to explain this to them it will help them to grow. I believe him when he said he was sorry and I know that he knew he acted inappropriately.

Another trying day and another Mommy Moment. How do you handle when your child is having a total meltdown? Let me know!


Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

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This is an Awesome meal for the family! You just toss a bunch of ingredients into the crock pot and let it cook! Can’t get much easier than that. I also love how the ingredients are broken down into price and how much it will cost you to cook the meal. You won’t be disappointed with the recipe!
Check out the website
http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/12/slow-cooker-potato-soup/
 
Ingredients
1 medium yellow onion
2 stalks celery
2 medium carrots
1 Tbsp minced garlic
3 lbs. potatoes
6 cups chicken broth*
¼ tsp cracked pepper
2 cups milk
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Finely dice the celery and onion. Peel the carrots and then grate them on a cheese grater. Mince the garlic or use pre-minced from a jar. Add all of this to the slow cooker. Clean the potatoes well, cut into one inch cubes or smaller, and add them to the slow cooker.
  2. Prepare 6 cups of chicken broth by dissolving the chicken base in 6 cups of water (or use homemade or store bought broth). Add to the slow cooker. Add some freshly cracked black pepper (about a ¼ tsp). Secure the lid on the cooker and cook on high for approximately 8 hours (give or take an hour).
  3. Open the slow cooker and test the potatoes for tenderness. They should be very soft. The onions and celery should also be very soft and transparent. Whisk ¼ cup of flour into 2 cups of milk and then stir that mixture into the soup. Secure the lid once more and let cook on high for another 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, the soup should once again be bubbling. It needs to be bubbling for the flour to have it’s full thickening power. Use a potato masher, immersion blender, or a hand mixer to “mash” the potatoes. Or, you can transfer half of the soup to a blender and puree (be careful, it’s HOT) until smooth and then stir it back in to the rest. Taste the soup and add salt as needed (about one teaspoon). Serve hot.
Notes
I use chicken base or bouillon plus water in place of broth to save $$$.

Silly Little Boy

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I’m sure everyone looks at their children and thinks, “my kid is something else.” But I really think my little boy is something else. (Like really) He comes up with new and funny things just about every day. There really is never a dull moment in our house because of him.

Today for instance, we are getting ready to leave for church and I yell for him to come and put his shoes on. He yells back, “I’m going to take a little nap first!” A nap? really? That would be great if you would do that when I ask you too but now is really not a good time. Not to mention you just woke up 2 hours ago! Silly Boy. So I decide to load up all the bags and his sister while he is “napping” and then go into his room and say, “are you ready to wake up?”

He replies, “Yep I had a nice little nap and now I’m ready to go.” As we are walking to the garage he grabs is bike helmet to wear on the way. My first thought is wth? (what the heck. gotta keep it clean people) Does he think my driving is bad? His daddy must have told him to do that.

Anyways he wears it the whole way to church but luckily takes it off while in church. As soon as we got back to the truck though, it was back on his head. We had to stop by the gas station on the way to my mother-in-laws after church. And of course he insisted on wearing it in the store. Whatever! It didn’t bother me, I actually got a really good laugh out of it. He looked so dang cute walking into the store to pick out his candy. The lady at the register got a good laugh too. Not only did he have his helmet on but he proceeded to tell her who all he was buying the candy for. (we got extra for his 4 cousins) Just another day in the life of a Mommy.

I love that he’s so free spirited and friendly though. He never meets a stranger. He’s got such a big personality and can brighten up anyone’s day with the funny things he comes up with. Thanks little man for lighting up our life!

Just another Mommy Moment.