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Mommy’s Sippy Cup

Is it strange that even though my husband had an unexpected day off and was home to help out today… I felt more stressed than normal?  He helps a lot and I want to be sure that I am giving him credit for that but, it seems as though it’s one more person to take care of despite the fact that he is a fully capable adult.  Anyway– I made this wine-cup a week or two ago and tonight was the first time I actually used it :)  It is a little rough around the edges but I figure after a few glasses of wine that I wont be able to notice… or simply wont care lol.

There are some instructions on how to paint a wine glass and here is the run down:

-clean your wine glass with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry completely

-Trace your design using a fine tip sharpee (or free hand it if your art skills are good enough)

-Use enamel paint to apply your design

-Allow it to dry overnight

-Place the glass upside down on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in an unheated oven.  Once the glass is inside, THEN begin to heat the oven to 325°

-Leave the glass in the oven for 10 minutes (while the oven is in the process of heating) and then turn the oven off once the 10 minutes are up.  Allow the glass to remain inside for another 25 minutes while the oven is off and cooling down.

-Remove glass from oven… using oven mitts (I shouldn’t have to state this, but you would be surprised…)

-Again allow the glass to stay on the counter overnight before washing and using it

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Homemade fingerpaints

I made these back in September for MJ and Kaydence and they LOVED it.  I was new to the “stay at home mom” thing and was trying to figure out ways to keep them entertained and happy… while giving me a little break.  I would much rather be wiping off their little fingers and helping them paint than battle them all day about screaming, fighting and running all over the house.  This was one of the first, if not the first, crafty thing that we all did together here in Oklahoma and for that reason, the pictures they painted that day are still proudly displayed on my refrigerator :)

When I made these fingerpaints, I had no intention of beginning a blog; therefore, I did not take pictures of every step.  If you need visuals, check out Penniless Parenting— they used the same recipe that I did and they have the pictures you need :)

You will need:

4 tbsp sugar (granulated)

1/2 cup corn starch

2 cups water

Food coloring

Baby food jars (or other small containers)

Directions:

-In a medium sized pan- combine your sugar, corn starch and water.  Mix these ingredients well, ensuring that you remove all of the lumps.  Some people use a fork for this but I prefer a whisk.

-Next, stir your mixture while heating it on high.  DO NOT STOP MIXING.  Your mixture will thicken, remove from heat.

-Divide the mixture you have created amongst your emptied, cleaned and dried baby food jars.  Once you have divided your mixture amongst the jars, add a few drops of food coloring into your jar and mix well.  Add a few more drops until you reach the color you would like.  The lighter your color is INSIDE the jar…the lighter your color will be on the PAPER.

**Make sure to work relatively quickly when adding your colors to the jar…the food coloring combines the best while the mixture is warm.

-Allow your fingerpaints to cool (I let them cool overnight) and have fun :)

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Reflection and Appreciation

Today, as I woke up at 7am with my (almost) 10 month old and was watching him through foggy, sleepy eyes as he was playing… I began thinking about how much my life has changed and how different I am as a person now.  This reflection led me to realize that I have been influenced and inspired by so many people– actually, every single person that I have ever met.  While I was thinking about this I came across an awesome quote:

“Nothing of me is original.  I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.”

Doesn’t that sum it up perfectly?  I’m not just talking about the people who have left great impressions on me and inspired me to be a better person, I am also talking about the less than great people who I have met, at the very least these people have shown me who I do not want to be.

One of my cousins posted a quote on Facebook a few years ago that really made me think… It said, “Live in such a way that those who know you, but don’t know God, will come to know God, because they know you.”  Before seeing my cousin post this quote I hadn’t made the connection between her and my renewed relationship with God.  There was a period of a few years when I didn’t take care of my relationship with God.  I only remembered to pray if something tragic was happening instead of giving thanks to him everyday, it is no coincidence that during the time when I had neglected to care for my relationship with God… I was going through the darkest parts of my life.  Upon reconnecting with my family (during the prime of Myspace and the beginning of Facebook) I was inspired to regain my relationship with God and my life has been so much better because of it.

This was just one example of how someone changed my life without knowing it.  Another example occurred on a few days when I would get frustrated with my children. On these days I would often run across one of my “mommy” friends posting a story of something they were doing with their children that day.  In that moment, I felt like a failure… why was I getting frustrated with my amazing kids when I could be doing something to strengthen our bond?  In these moments of failure I learned patience and that being frustrated by life happens to everyone, but it is how you respond to these trials that determines who you are as a person.  I have altered my entire parenting style because of these inspiring friends of mine.

Drawing inspiration from negative people is less obvious, but equally important.  Have you ever had someone in your life who talked about someone as soon as they left the room?  …. I have.  They would talk negatively about whoever wasn’t there at the time and then smile and lie to their face when they were present.  It takes a lot to not get pulled into this type of behavior, and I’m not saying that I haven’t engaged in this negativity–because I have.  I’m not proud of it, but it has led me to realize that whoever has negative things to say about everyone else when they aren’t around… are saying the same negative things about you when you aren’t around too.  But why?  Why waste time focusing on the negative in people?  Wouldn’t it be more productive and rewarding to focus on the good in people?  Why is it so much harder to do that?  I am still working on this, but I have made such great strides in this area that I refuse to turn back now :)

…I haven’t told most people about the impact that they have had on my life, but I hope that when someone sees something good in me– they are able to attribute a portion of it to their own character and realize the impact they have had on me.

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Bathtub Painting :)

I’m going to be honest…a lot of my “creativity” with my kids comes from pinterest.  Most of the fun little things we do together originated from someone else thinking the idea was great enough to share (pin).  I will always do my best to credit my sources, and for this particular activity all of the credit goes to Meet the Dubiens.

This bathtub paint kept my two toddlers entertained for HOURS!  Aside from the occasional battle over which colors belonged to who, this was a great activity for young kids.   I just slapped their bathing suits on and let them do their thing!  They didn’t even realize I was brushing them up on their colors and shapes along the way ;)

 

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You will need:

Baby Shampoo (clear)

Corn Starch

Food coloring

Baby Food Jars (or other small, air-tight containers)

Directions:

In a large bowl, take 1 cup of baby shampoo and combine it with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.  Mix well and spread into your small containers.  I had two boxes of different food colorings so I put less of the mixture in each jar in order to give the kids more colors to chose from.  Once the mixture is in your containers, simply add ONE drop of food coloring into each and mix well.  One drop of food coloring is plenty and doesn’t stain the tub ;)

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Welcome to my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life!

Hey there!  Welcome to my blog that will have you laughing at my attempt to juggle life :)  This blog will not only share my experiences but I will also share recipes, interesting tidbits from my classes, craft tutorials, activities for kids, and so much more!

First- here is a little bit about myself…

I am a mother of 3 beautiful, smart, and crazy kids.  My oldest son, MJ is 4 years old.  He is the smartest and most kind-hearted child that I have ever met in my life.  Next is my only daughter, Kaydence who is 2 years old (almost 3!) and truly believes that she is a princess.  She is strong-willed, independent and already knows she will be a “Big Star!”  Finally is my youngest son, Jacob.  At only 9 months old his smile is infectious and he is the happiest baby in the world.  I am married to a wonderful man who has brought out the best in me and I am incredibly thankful for him and the family that we have created together.

In addition to running my household, I am also a full-time student at Florida Institute of Technology.  I am currently in the process of obtaining my bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy.  Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that because I attend on-line college that I am somehow taking a short-cut to my degree– the workload of my classes are equivalent to an “on campus” experience.

As if being a full-time mother, wife, and student weren’t enough I am also self-employed as a shop owner on ETSY.  Doing crafts provides a creative outlet for me and also allows me to bring in additional income (which never hurts with 3 growing children!)  When adjusting to life as a stay at home mom I initially believed that I would have endless amounts of time on my hands to run my shop but I have quickly learned that is not the case.  During the Christmas season I found myself staying up until 4am working on orders, waking up at 7am with an infant and using every spare moment (that my children allowed) working on constructing my customers holiday orders… all of this was in addition to my school work and household responsibilities.

I hope at this point that you understand just how busy I am and the truth is… I have only scratched the surface.  I try to find humor in every situation and I look forward to sharing my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life with you!  My hope is that someone out there gets a good laugh and maybe even finds the inspiration to take on just ONE more task ;)

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