Category Archives: Family

Late Night Jammin! 

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Sometimes it is hard to did. The time to get stuff done… Especially when there is a mid-season finale to watch too, The Walking Dead!  
So in between the episode and The Talking Dead, my husband and I decided to can some jelly. 
Over the summer, we picked about 20 pounds of fresh local organic strawberries. We love strawberries!  We had about 5 in the freezer. 

We defrosted them, got organic sugar, and pectin and grabbed our jars off the shelves.

 We measured out 6 cups of strawberry meat and slightly blended them in our vitamix. We left some chunks of fruit for the jam!   

As we heated up the strawberries in a pot, we sanitized the jars (boil for 10 minutes). Kids were added after roaring boil was done. 

The strawberry meat was mixed with 1/4 c of organic sugar, 6 tablespoons of pectin and 1/4 c of lemon juice. We brought that to a boil, which couldn’t be stirred away and then added 4 and 3/4 cups of sugar. Brought that to a boil and the began to fill the sanitized jars. 

  

Once jars are full, you put the lids on and make sure tighten the screw top lid. 

Then you place back in pot of boiling water for 3 minutes to sanitize. 

 

Once that’s completed you can take them out and allow to come to room temperature. You may here kids pop, that’s ok, that’s just the jars sealing! 

It takes about and hour and half to complete! 

We love making it and can’t wait to pick more fruit this summer to make more! 
Till next time! 😀

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Separation Anxiety 

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Monday night my soon to be 3yo son went to his first independent activity. It was a Learn to Skate (ice skating) class with 6 other children. 

We have been ice skating since January. He got his first pair of skates for Christmas. He has been very dependent on the ice walker thing and having mom or dad with him. 

 

Skating with Dad!


Two weeks ago, we went to the Skate with the Admirals event with our local AHL Team The Norfolk Admirals. My husband and I were on the ice with our son. He was holding our hands and then BOOM! He decided to let go! It was amazing to watch! (I have a video, just have to figure out how to put it up here)

 

Standing at Center Ice. This was after he was skating all alone!


 

Getting confident just walking on ice to collect foam pucks thrown on ice from crowd! He’s so happy!

  

We decided to take advantage of the amazing milestone and sign him up for skating lessons! 

We were even lucky enough to find a Groupon! So we get to class, I’m excited, daddy’s excited, and Ethan is super excited! 

He skated on to the ice and went right to the teacher!  

Off he went


Then he realized Mommy or Daddy weren’t right behind him. He began to call for us. And not focus on what he needed to do. Because of this he wasn’t skating well. During the class (first 15 minutes) he said “I have to go potty(which I knew he didn’t because I just took him), so Daddy went to go take him. 

Now, it was time to get back on the ice. There was a little hesitation, but my husband got him to go back! He continued to call for me, but I had to stay “hidden”! I really felt terrible doing that, but I didn’t want to ruin his groove. I know I’m not the only Mom to feel that way (It made me think of moms who drop off their kids at daycare or preschool for the first time). He was finally distracted with something to do, pick up a stuffed duck, grow it, skate to it, and pick it up again! He did great! Then he learned how to fall properly(it sounds silly, but there is a way) and get himself up. He had been struggling with this while we took him skating and am impressed he picked it up in one class! 

 

Because he wasn’t focused, he wasnt skating properly

   

just before the pickup stuffed duck game

   
Once class was over, they have a half an hour to skate and practice. While this happened I got to talk to teacher for a quick second and she said “he’s good, takes a few practices to get comfortable, and I’m impressed he learned the fall and get up so quickly”. Even though the chat wasn’t that long, I felt satisfied that we did the right thing. 

He was so happy with the class! he was saying “I cant wait to go back”

That was all about my son’s seperation anxiety… Here is mine…

I am super duper excited my son likes/loves ice skating! We are hockey loving people and my goal is for him to want to play hockey! 

Now, This is the first time he would be doing something without me. I was nervous how he would behave for the teacher. I was also nervous that we were going to get harsh criticism. I’m not sure why, but that’s how I felt. 

Then there was a little lack of structure regarding the class. I think I just have to ask more questions when we go next time. 

It made me feel way better when I got to briefly and I mean briefly speak to the teacher. When she told me

She was impressed it relaxed my nerves, funny thing is that was at the end… ha ha ha! 

Looking forward to the next 8 weeks of lessons! 

Now, I know how to deal with separation anxiety a little better!(Maybe)

Till next time! 
*i am not associated with Groupon. Just took advantage of an awesome deal!

Natural Beauty 

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I so want to have vegan, organic, and animal cruelty and paraben free, etc makeup and face wash. 

However, I am having a hard time with the prices. I know that they are better and healthier for me, but I also want to make sure I’m not breaking the bank. I WISH, like really wish I could just go to the store and buy all the makeup and face care items I want; but then I wake and realize this is real life… Haha! 

I am however making better decisions when my “bad” items run out. I am replacing them with new. I have also come to the realization that my makeup lasts FOREVER… I do not wear it as often as I used too, staying home. Which for real is real natural beauty.. Haha! 

Pretty much my everyday look!

But my face & body wash, and lotions go a lot faster! Those are the things I use everyday… Or every other… Haha! Depending on if I can squeeze in a shower… 😛

So here is what I have been able to replace:

Love this face wash! even my husband likes it, because it isnt girly smelling.

Here is my face lotion and toner,. same company as face wash! when i made the switch iI did breakout a bit(but thats common for me-especially when switching to new)

  

Toothpaste. i had been reading some bad things about glycerin and floride, so i wanted to find alternatives. im not sure im completly settled on this one, but its not bad.

  

I love this for my crows feet. I feel like it works. I just have to remeber to put it on !

  

Oh! What don’t I use this for?! Haha! Coconut oil is great! I use it EVERYDAY! This is my hair gel, deep conditioning and hair growth routine. LOVE LOVE LOVE COCONUT OIL!

  

Another eye cream. I use this on occasion., im not sure how I feel about it.

  

LOVE THIS! Best shaving gel! smells good!

   

Of course i use my doTERRA oils to make my own concotions. (i sell)

These are most of the items I have changed too over time. I’m sure there are more in my house and of course there are other items not pictured that I tried and just stopped using. but I can’t think right now… Haha! Plus, the kiddies are now calling for me! 

I just keep reminding myself “don’t buy the same chemical laced product when it runs out, buy a vegan, organic, and animal cruelty and paraben free, etc product to replace! 

I want to talk about a clay mask I use too! Next post! 


Till next time! 😄


*i am in no way associated with any company or product mentioned in post except doTERRA. I am an independent wellness advocate. 

*Grumble* Packing *Grumble*

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I have a love/hate relationship with packing. Anyone else feel me? 

I love packing, because that means we are going on a fun trip, by either seeing family or someplace new. 

I hate packing, because I pretty much pack everyone except my husband (he waits till 10 minutes before we leave…lol). Everyone is myself, son, daughter, and two dogs. 

When I pack I usually have a good plan, but that always seems to get thrown off by a child screaming, peeing pants, or just wants to be held. 

Here is how I deal with packing! 

-For my daughter(13 months old): Thank goodness for baby wearing. If I want able to wear my daughter, nothing would get accomplished! Once she is up and on me, there isn’t anything I couldn’t do! 

-For my son(almost 3): The helpful tool is either the iPad or a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I try my hardest not to rely on the TV as a babysitter, but sometimes it’s necessary for me to get stuff accomplished. The iPad- I love the apps that I have on the iPad for him. Most of them reinforce the skills we have covered in school. This is always helpful. I am mindful of how much time he is on it and I always place it on airplane mode. This way there isn’t wifi radiation waves interacting with him (some of you may think I’m crazy, but it makes me feel better). 

Even though these things help me out, sometimes it still doesn’t work. When that happens I get slightly stressed, because I want to get it done, but then realize I just need to take a step back and play with my babies. 

The packing then resumes when they are asleep. Which is definitely easier, but also means I stay up later than I should. 

When I do pack, I always pack my kids first. This way if they go for a nap or I wind up packing while they sleep. I do not have to go into their room and risk disturbing them. I learned my lesson on that the very first time we were getting ready to visit our parents with both babies. 

Before having two kids. We used to have to take all the big baby items with us as well, like the pack n play and swing. Finally after three trips like that. We asked both of our parents if they could get a pack n play. Thankfully they did! It has saved us! We also when to a kid thrift store (highly recommend! Best place for gently used clothes and toys… Kids grow so fast to have all new stuff) and bought an extra swing that we were able to leave with them. Now when we pack, its really just clothes, food, diapers, utensils, cups and a few toys. Has left us with a little more packing space. 

When the car is fully loaded now, we can actually see out the rear window! Haha! 😋

When it comes to packing clothes, I also try to pack outfits (see image).

layout outfit, then roll to pack.

By packing the outfits, it’s easier to bring what you need and not over pack. It really helps take the guess work out of what to put on each child ( super helpful for my husband to match our daughter’s clothing peices together).

Those are some of my helpful packing tips! Hopefully some of you may see something on here you haven’t done before and it helps! 

Till next time! 😄

*I am in now way affiliated with Apple, iPad, Disney, or Mickey Mouse. Just sharing my experiences and telling you what works for my family! 

Stomach Bug!

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Yuck! I hate this! 😷😰😞

I have basically been sleeping all day… Thank goodness the hubs was able to take the kids out! It felt like I actually had a sick day! I am so appreciative of him for doing that…. 

The things that stinks the most about stomach bugs are the fact that you can’t really do anything except roll with it. I was able to eat some saltines, drink unfixed ginger ale, drink water and my nursing support tea. That’s pretty much all I ate and drank when I woke up from my many naps. I won’t go into details of what the stomach bug caused me to do, but I’m sure most of you can feel my pain! 

When my hubby and kids got home… He brought me soup and some cookies(for some odd Eason I wanted cookies… And I was able to keep them down) We then got the kids to bed and now … He’s got it 😔Poor hubby! 

On a side not, thank goodness for dōTERRA’s Digest-Zen and Peppermint essential oils. They are helping us out a bunch! 



Till Next Time! 

*Image found through Google search

Not Forgotton

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Hello my wonderful readers! 

I have not forgotten about you! I have just been super busy! I’m even starting a new project! Will reveal soon! 

Here are a few shots of what we’ve been up too! From nursing my cranky toddler (ahh! She’s going to be 1 in 7 days!!), enjoying hockey, snow/sand Angels and enjoying winter snow and of course Frozen! 





Till next time! 😄

Winter Wonderland…Winter Carnival

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We don’t get much snow where we are so we have to travel to see it! Well, that’s what we are doing… We Traveled to upstate NY!

This is the first time we have experienced Lake George in the winter. We always come here in the summer to boat, swim, and cliff jump!

This is completely a mind blower…there is no boating, there is however driving on the lake…. And that’s what we did!!!!😃

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After we drove on it, we went to explore the happenings!

My husband was on the hunt to go skating on the lake. We brought our skates and all! From the shore we saw a single person ice skating in the distance. We grabbed our skates and walked out!

Talk about getting back to the roots of skating! It was AMAZING!

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We had a blast our first day!

Now it’s time to experience day two!

Till next time!

Being Sick and A SAHM

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I have to be completely honest…It’s pretty terrible…No, really terrible!

First of all, being sick in general stinks! Now, add having happy hyper kids, that only want to play, totally makes it worse. Lastly, the sick you (who only wants to curl up in a ball), has to be responsible, functional and care for those children=the worst! Please don’t be mistaken, I LOVE MY KIDS! I love them more than life itself, but when I’m sick, I want to be the one to curl up on the couch, watch tv and nap. I don’t want to be the responsible one and have to clean, feed, change and wipe hineys…

This is the first time I have been this sick in 2 and 1/2 years. It was a really a hard challenge to face. I knew I had my babies to care for, laundry to do, clean, spend time with my dad…etc. Instead of just relaxing, I began to google “ways to get better faster”. Turns out there really isn’t much… Haha! Then I started to get agitated and depressed. I felt like I was failing at being a mom and wife. I kept apologizing to my husband, saying “I’m sorry I can’t take Ethan potty, do laundry, take care of the dogs…etc”. He kept looking at me like I was crazy! He also reassured me… “It’s ok, I know what it feels like to be sick, rest, I’m here I got everything”. Thankfully, with his help, I was able to rest, but still be slightly functional.

I also have to say my son must have known I wasn’t feeling well, because on the first day of my sickness, he was on his best behavior! He let me rest on the couch and he played with his toys all day. On the second day of my sickness, my husband was so sweet and took the kids and Popop to the aquarium. A treat for all! They had fun exploring and I had fun resting in quiet!

I am so thankful that this happened on a weekend where my husband had a three day weekend and my dad was in town visiting (extra hands).

Luckily, whatever sickness I had only took me out for two days… Two long days! It has made me see that being sick stinks and it’s even stinkier when you have kids! But now, I am a little more prepared for next time. I can’t really say I’m totally prepared, because each sickness is different. I now know I need to accept being sick and work thru it! Maybe, Just maybe I can get lucky enough to get sick when my hubby is home. If not, we will work around it! This sickness has also helped me, in some odd way, see that this journey of being a Stay at Home Mom was the right one for me!

Till next time!

104.5…Ick

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When I finished my last post, it was like a cliffhanger… I wanted to end the story.

So, three days after the children’s museum, my son had a fever. I was thinking, here we go again another sickness cycle.

I figured out he had a fever just before his nap time. So, before he laid down, I gave him some fever reducer, read him a story, and he passed out. He napped for three hours. Normally, he only naps for two hours, sometimes an hour and a half. This was a sign that he still wasn’t feeling well. When he woke up, he said “my feet hurt, and my arms” I was thinking he had pins and needles from napping. So, I told him lets jump and wake them up…he did a jump then walked away and laid on the couch. He even grabbed a blanket and cuddled up on the couch. This is definitely not normal after nap behavior…usually he’s a little ball of energy. I felt so bad for him…

I wanted to lower the chance of Eva getting sick, I tried to keep them separated as much as I could…Normally, we give them joint baths…not tonight!

Ethan, was a mushy cuddly sleepy boy. That is also another trigger for my husband and I to know he’s not feeling well.

My dad is visiting, so he and I went to a AHL hockey game(we are both major hockey fans). So my husband was on baby duty. They watched a movie and then took a bath. Just before bed, Ethan’s fever spiked to 103.4…my husband gave him some fever reducer and put him to bed… He conked out.

When he woke up in the am, he was a bubbly ball of energy again! A nice 24 hour bug/virus…this was Friday night.

Sunday morning, I woke up feeling like butt. I awoke to a sore throat and achy everything…Side note, thank goodness that this was a national holiday weekend and my husband was home… I laid on the couch all day, only getting up to eat and use the bathroom. Now, I completely understood how Ethan felt the day before… By dinner time, I was beginning to get the chills. I took my temperature and it was 100.3…So I decided to take a shower… Bad idea! It made my chills and aches worse. I decided to take ibuprofen to control the fever.

I bundled up and curled up under four blankets on the couch, I was literally shivering… I took my temperature again, and it was 103.7…. I then got in a temperate bath (Oh my goodness! That’s torture) it brought my
fever down to 101.3… I was still shivering and super achy everywhere.

I finally fell asleep! (My husband is sweet he laid on the couch with me
For a while and then went to bed once I was asleep…He didn’t want me to be alone!…Super brownie points for him) At some point I. The middle of the night I awoke in a puddle of sweat… I uncovered myself and got right back to sleep…when I woke up, I felt great minus a few aches.

I was fine all day, just a super sore throat, so I continued to rest and take naps. Like I said before thank goodness my husband had off today, he totally took care of me and the kids(went to the aquarium). Then, around summertime, I decided to take a shower… Again, bad idea! The chills and aches came right back. I took my temperature and again back up to 100.5…
This time I decided to drink a hot toddy…tea, whiskey, honey and lemon. Good old fashion medicine… Then my fever spiked to 104.5… I immediately got up and in the bath. Thank goodness this lowers temperature… It may be uncomfortable, but it works! 25 minutes in the bath, now I’m sitting here typing this with a 99.6-100.4

I am definitely heading to bed now! Hopefully, I will feel better tomorrow… If not then off to the docs I go!😷

I haven’t been sick like this in forever! I hope this isn’t the flu… You know the one year I don’t get the flu shot… And as the commercial says, “Moms can’t take sick days!” Thank goodness my dad is here too!

Till next time! 😄

2015/01/img_2565.jpg my cuddle buddy on the couch!