Thursday, March 26, 2015

Journey to Minimalism

The joy and freedom of owning LESS, that's right I said less not more! I'm personally redefining the American definition of success for myself- not equating how well I'm doing in life to the size of my house, quality of my car, amount of money in my account, nor the complexity of yummy dinners I make for my family.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Obedience Chart

Lately, I have been feeling that maybe my little boys need some visual reminders to help them obey. So I created an obedience chart! I tried to find one online somewhere to print, but I wanted it to include daily life skills we need to work on, as well as obedience; but I didn't find one with both anywhere. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What to do with Unwanted Behavior in your Children

The task =  raise Godly, good children

Never leave it till it's done = be consistent 

The labor will be great!

Do it well!

I just realized that parenting is exhausting. When you are a parent it takes a toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, every aspect of your life.

If you are a seasoned Mom, I'm sure you are laughing right now and nodding your head, YES! lol :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Feeling Pressured to Spank

          Does this picture or expression make any sense? Not to me anyways. However, I have heard others say as much in parenting books, online, and even at church! I want to take you through my journey and experiences of spanking--  sadly and regrettably the giving end. 

         Before my sweet baby boy was born, I was a elementary school teacher and had to deal with many challenging behavior problems in my classroom. This was my first experience with dealing with rebellious behavior towards me. Feeling helpless in lots of the sense, without means to really "MAKE" a child, sit, stop talking, or come in from recess, etc. I began my research through books, internet searches and first-hand attempts to learn how to transform the dysfunctional student/teacher relationships with a few of my students into a positive. 

         The method that I found worked with 100% of my behaviorally struggling students, was to #1 try to understand them individually, get to know more about them (family, interests, etc.), and to  build trust with that student. Most of the time these types of students that broke the rules, were strong willed individuals, looking for attention in all the wrong ways. Secondly, I found that talking to the child privately about their infractions brought more positive change, than rebuking them publicly or being overly punitive. 

        I was absolutely amazed at the transformations that I experiences with several of my "problem  students" by the end of each year, those students were typically my closest students because of the journey we went through together. These experiences had lasting effects on my way of thinking about discipline, changing all of my previously held beliefs from growing up.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Busy Box Ideas #5-10

Contents: Oatmeal, and little toys to play with in the oatmeal

Contents: Color Wonder markers and coloring book, animal flash cards

Contents: Plastic bugs, dry erase book and dry erase markers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From Dab to Fab Hair

I think I'm going through a mom-life crisis. I'm never felt more frumpy and old than I do now. So I decided that I needed to re-do my look, soooo, 3, yes THREE haircuts later within 3 days... I now have a totally NON-MOM haircut. lol. I don't even recognize myself. 

I originally went in to get a Marilyn Monroe haircut, but it just look like an old woman's hair style. The second trip, I tried to make my hair into a long and shaggy pixie to look more my age... which ended up in an even older looking hair style. Seriously... golden girl old. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of those haircuts to show you, but they were just too embarrassing to keep record of forever. Ha ha. I know I sound dramatic, but it felt like the end of the world. :) 

Finally, I went and visited Angel... who seriously was an very talented Angel with a resume to prove it! I told him he had freedom to do whatever to my hair that needed to be done to make me look my age and not frumpy... I was in a desperate stage. I was up for anything! 

First he said that I needed to get some highlights and asked me what color I wanted. Recently I have been in love with Christina Hendrick's hair color from the television show, Mad Men. So that's what I picked, lol! 

I think she is one of the most beautiful actresses.
SOOO...Finally... Here is my new haircut. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Praying for Boys" Book Review

      I give this book 5 stars! Praying for Boys was a quick read and very interesting. Each chapter has a few pages of the author telling a story about her boys that ties into why the chapter's topic of prayer is important. Typically, I don't like reading people's personal stories about their children, because I usually find them just boring, lol. However, Brooke's stories were entertaining and usually left me with an idea that I wanted to implement. The next part of each chapter is approximately 10 Bible verses that have been rephrased into a prayer like sentences with blanks to fill in your children's names. I love it that the author uses scripture for prayer because God's Word is so powerful. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toddler Busy Box # 3 and 4

BUSY BOX #3 - A colander with pipe cleaners to push through the holes. 

I always sit both boys at the kitchen table, in their high chair seats so that they can have a little help being still and playing with their busy box or toy. 

Busy box #3 also included an empty oatmeal container with a hole cut in the top, and a ton of lids to push through the lid to fall into the oatmeal container. 

Baby always sits at the table while my toddler plays with his busy box. I always give him a toy, today it was an old not working phone. However, my baby is mostly entertained by watching his brother. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Busy Box 2

Here is our busy box number 2. The idea is simple enough... play with rice. :) We did this activity inside, and next time I would do it outside because we had rice everywhere... and the sweet boy was being careful too. I ended up having to vacuum 4 rooms, somehow it traveled all around the house. lol.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Week 27 Menu

Here is my menu for this week. Our family is super excited to try the spaghetti tacos! Click on the name of the recipe to see the directions and ingredients. 

Monday: Forgotten Chicken 
Tuesday: Spaghetti Tacos 
Wednesday: Root Beer BBQ Chicken
Thursday: Cheesy Garlic - Brown Sugar Pork Chops
Friday: Chicken Fried Rice
Dessert of the Week: Cookie Cake with Icing

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Prayer for Your Children's Obedience

This morning it was laid on my heart to pray more for my children's obedience and to ask God for help... where I fall short as a parent. I don't think I am alone when it comes to struggling to get your children to obey. I don't want to go through life trying all on my own to bend my children's will, but instead I want to have help from God, the only one who can get to their hearts! 

If you are having trouble with your children obeying authority, join me as I begin praying to God to change their hearts to want to obey. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Too Much Television for Children

The last few days, I have begun to see a pattern that my children seem happier and play contently with their toys so much more... do you want to know why?

I turned off the TV.

It all started as a punishment for my toddler, that there would be "no more TV ever ever ever," said Momma. lol. I may have exaggerated a little when I told him that, ha ha. My little, mini-me really knows how to push my buttons... probably because he seems to have very similar ones. :) On this occasion, he was being punished for running into the men's restroom at McDonald's and locking himself in a stall... might I add I also had my baby with me that needed watching too! Therefore, I knocked on the men's restroom door, and let myself right in.. It all ended with a stressed family all for different reasons, 2/3 of us felt like crying, and yet all of us not getting what they wanted.  So, when he got home, I gave him my (now family famous quote) of no more TV ever ever ever. lol.

After the words left my mouth, I thought oh no, what have I said... that was my "me time" while the kids just watched a little TV. However, over the last few days, I haven't turned the TV back on, because my children have actually become a little more obedient, independent and down right happy. Recently, I had been going through a hard time getting off some medicine that I was taking for PPD, and there are some wicked side effects of doing so... so, I had been letting the children watch a little more TV than usual. I thought that because they were watching more TV, it would be easier on me and the kids would be happier.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Organize a Freezer meal Swap Group

I absolutely am so excited about my first freezer meal exchange group party in a month or so. Here are some ideas how to organize the group and how to execute the plan properly.

Find at least 5 friends to participate.

Discuss ingredients... allergies, dislikes

Discuss serving size.. for 4 people?

Decide to store meals that need to be baked in aluminium tin pans. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3 Basics of Decorating a Living Room

1. Include the beautiful basics that make a living room inviting and comfortable like rugs, lamps, side tables next the couches, and you cannot forget curtains... in my opinion. 

2. Have about 3 colors working together to form your color scheme and make your look multidimensional. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easy Chicken Lasagna

2 large cans white chicken breast
1 pkg oven ready lasagna noodles
8 oz. fat free cream cheese
2 C mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
1 can Italian diced tomatoes
1 cube chicken bouillon
1/4 cup hot water
1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
Italian seasoning, to taste

Toddler and Baby Taking 1 Nap Schedule

Spring 2014 Schedule 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to Witness to Young Children

10 Simple Ways to Tell Your Little Ones About Jesus

1. Pray before each meal
2. Read the Bible to your children (I do this while they eat lunch at the table)
3. Pray before your children go to sleep
4. Talk about God throughout the day (Ex: Look at that pretty flower, God made that...)
5. Sing Christian songs in the car or house (get a CD or download on iTunes)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Easy & Healthy Baby Finger Foods

      The fastest way to fix my baby when he is sad is to give him a finger food snack. It not only fills his belly and makes him full, it is also fun for him to feed himself.

    Here is a list of easy finger foods for your sweet baby. I tried to list foods that you don't really have to cook, and even sometimes not cut up.