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Saint Joseph, MO, United States
I'm a stay at home Mom of two children and I have the unique privilege of being able to homeschool both of them. I am a stepmother to two older daughters one who is going to college. I enjoy shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, organizing, running, clowning, making soap, playing piano and lately painting with ASCP paint! I am learning to enjoy the little things in life and make the most of it...clinging to my Savior through the tears that life brings and enjoying his GRACE He gives us every day! Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, February 28, 2011

One of Those Days

Well, Ellianna is still hacking. Waiting for the next 40 minutes to go by to be able to give her her next dose of cough medicine given by the doctor....praying for it to work and give her rest!

What a day! She was tested for strep and flu...came back clear....she had a chest x-ray...came back clear....she's on pulmicort and our doctor was visibly confused...she wanted me to go to an ENT (lucky for her we have an appointment tomorrow) She has allergy testing on Thursday and we are hoping for answers this week. I just hope that we can find out what is going on so that our Ellianna can have relief.

When your child is sick you feel so helpless....there is nothing else I can give her...there is no one else I can go to right now...so I'm praying for relief for my baby girl....and wishing that she will sleep.

That's all for now!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kitchen and Pantry Organization

As I type this I'm listening to my little one hack and hack, there is snow on the ground and I am NOW hearing thunder....however, I KNOW that spring is on its way???

So, a little organization always makes me feel better. There are a few more things that I need to tweak but as we go along in the land of "purging, organization, buying less, safer and healthier cleaning products" I find that this process can't be done overnight. It's sort of a "journey". So, I will keep doing a bit more at a time learning as I go!

So, here are a few of my "favorite things".

I've decided that in all of my "old things" that I have that I would start using them instead of just looking at them. So, I thought this crate was the perfect place for pops, waters, etc. I just LOVE it!

Under the sink...I now use all the Shaklee products which has eliminated a TON of cleaning products. I have a just a basket with cleaning stuff and then I have room for my candles and trashbags etc under the sink and I adore this cheerful shelf liner....makes me think of spring!

The Breakfast section. I found it much easier for EVERYONE to keep all breakfast things by the fridge. Little granola bars etc are in the pantry in a bin labeled breakfast but this made things much esier for us.

I realize that most people don't have a "negative" jar. This helps keep our family's attitude in "check" towards each other. Just a fun little thing that we have. I love the fruit basket and I got rid of all the recipe books that I don't use and narrowed it down to these. I use these EVERY day!

I keep my Home Management Binder in this basket along with the things that I use everyday. It's nice when sitters come over to just open the book and all numbers and the kids schedules are right there. I also use it everyday to record what I spend in the Budget and my menu planner is in there. This has definitely been the GREATEST thing I have done! Saves me so much time and energy! The shoe rack on the back of the pantry door holds batteries, tape, my label maker, extra mini notebooks, flashlights etc. This keeps everything in one place and the kids aren't asking me for tape, batteries hand sanitizers. Saves much needed space.

I'm linking up with a Bowl full of lemons!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blue and Gold Banquet

Tonight was the first banquet for the troop I have been able to go to. I have been very sick every year. Last night Ellianna woke up about 1am and long story short didn't go to sleep until 3:30. I was looking forward to going and I thought that perhaps it would be over but thanks to my good friend Cheryl....who is a nurse....she volunteered to watch Ellianna. Thanks soooo much!

Tonight caught me off guard...first of all seeing my little boy up there crossing over to Boy Scout Land...my husband and I standing with him on the bridge....all is exciting...but it brought me to reality. My reality is this....without Mark I would have felt a huge HOLE this evening...but thankfully...he fills that gap.

Here are some pics of the evening. They turned the lights off for the cross over and we the parents were involved in the ceremony so there was not a lot of pics able to be taken.

A wonderful evening for all involved!

Trey was in charge of directing the young men to do the flags etc.

Trey receiving his arrow of light badge and his "after" he crossed over!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Chipotle-Chocolate Chili

I know....there is yucky stuff on the ground....we are ALL tired of it! However, one cannot eat chili in the summer so here's a recipe that our family likes very much!

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 cup diced onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (I use green)
1 t minced garlic
3 T brown sugar
2 T chili powder
1 T unsweetened cocoa
1 t ground cumin
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t salt
1-15 oz can pinto beans, drained
1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
2 14-5 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained---I use less because---we just like it!
1 14 oz can chicken broth
1/2 cup roasted chipotle salsa

Add ground beef or turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to stockpot. Cook over medium high heat until meat is browned and veggies are tender; approximately 8 minutes. Drain. Add sugar, chili powder, cocoa, cumin, black pepper, salt, pinto beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, broth and salsa. Stir to blend; bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 min until slightly thickened.

I make this in 3 batches---freeze two---you girls know the drill!!!!

We top with sour cream have a little biscuit a little tortilla chip...YUMMMMOOOO!

Seriously, its good!

See, even Ellie thinks its SUPER!!!


Lap Books

My kind of day...ok that's what I'm telling myself. I'm in denial of the white fluffy stuff that fell from the sky last night....all seven inches of it....I'm dreaming of warmer days and breezes....sooooo! I'm cleaning, doing light school and organizing! My kind of DAY!

I have never heard of lap books. I confess it...I have not. This is my first preschooler to homeschool.....but am delighted to have found the website..Confessions of a Homeschooler! She has a TON of great ideas!

So, this is our lapbook on that word I don't like to say right now!

Next week is clownfish....clowns and warm beaches....yes that sounds GREAT!

I should have had a BLUE file folder but only had plain left. I will be getting some colored ones soon! Absolutely EVERY single thing you see here was downloaded for FREE at Confessions of Homeschooler blog. You can find all the printables on www.homeschoolshare.com

Have a great DAY!!!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bath Paints

Have you noticed as a Mom of a preschooler there seems to be only a few things in your kitchen you need for survival: peanut butter, jelly, cornstarch, food coloring, flour? YEP! you can move mountains with those supplies sister!

I do not buy commercial bath paints. I hate the texture, I dislike how I have to scrub my tub forever when I'm done!

All you need is
1 cup of bodywash or baby shampoo
3 tbsp of cornstarch

First you mix the bodywash and cornstarch together and then divide out in containers for different colors.

As you can see she enjoyed helping with this entire process. It smelled SOOO good!

It washes off easily, she put it on the tiles, didn't stain the grout. She has sensitive skin no worries since it was her bodywash. We have enough left over for at least two more baths!

Enjoy! We certainly did!