Saturday, March 26, 2011

Days of Play--Edible Play Dough

Want to play playdough but afraid kids will eat it?

Well then whip up one of these batches of edible playdough.  Fun you can eat!


Kool- Aid Play Dough

• 1 Cup Flour
• 1 Cup Water
• ½ Cup Salt
• 3 tsp Cream of Tartar
• 1 Package of Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of your choice)
• 1 TBS Cooking Oil
In a large sauce pan combine all of the dry ingredients. One they are blended slowly add the water (premix with the oil) mixture.

Place on the stovetop and stir over medium heat.

When it is all combined, pour into a large pan (9x13) to cool.

Once it's cooled you can hand it over to your kids and let them start playing. The good news is this play dough can be stored in Rubbermaid container and you will be able to use it for about 6 months.

Peanut Butter Playing Dough For kids that love to eat peanut butter (obviously NOT for those with peanut allergies)
• 1 Cup Peanut Butter
• 1 Cup Karo Syrup
• 1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
• 1 ½ Cups Dry Milk

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Add more wet ingredients as needed.

Place the play dough in an air tight container and store it in the fridge. It should last about a month.

Friday, March 25, 2011

3 Way {March} *and a valuable lesson*

Welcome to March's 3 Way Challenge!

(If you want to know more about the challenge, click here)

My "uniform" challenge this month was to wear a sweater three times.  I chose a blue wool sweater that used to be Matt's but had an unfortunate run in with our dryer.

Here's what I came up with:

Sweater, khakis, structured jacket, ballet flats and necklace for a Sunday afternoon.

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FYI--I was having a bad face day.  I won't subject you to that kind of torment.

Brown cargos, leopard print ballet flats, sweater, and gold jewelry galore for a "do nothin'" day at home.

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Jeans, orange Tee, sweater, the locket Matt got me for our 6th month dating anniversary (it's okay, you can say, "awww!"), and a pair of shoes that pre-date my oldest child by quite some time.

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From this mix up I learned a valuable lesson: I can't stand this sweater.

Every outfit felt forced and frumpy! Ergo, the sweater is now in my "giveaway" pile--surely someone out there will love it!

Anyhow, since I disliked each and every outfit posted here, I'm going to leave you with a look I love!
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April's challenge: wear a dress three different ways. I challenge you to find a dress in your closet and work it three ways during the month of April!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Things I {DON'T} Love: Hello Debby Downer!

Well, it just feels like it's time for another installation of things I DON'T love. You know, before you start thinking I'm too PollyAnna-ish.

I DON'T love:

1.  Driving Under the Influence (of a cell phone)

Seriously, 90% of people think they are better drivers than everyone else.  That math doesn't add up.  Most people over-estimate their ability to drive and pay attention. You cannot text and drive.  If you do, you shouldn't.  It's dangerous.  If you don't care about yourself and your children, then stop typing and driving for my sake and my children's sake!
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2. Hammer Pants

I can't STAND Harem pants.  Really, these need to go the way of M.C. Hammer!  No one should touch this.  Ewww!  Really, they look like giant diapers and anything that makes runway models look sloppy isn't touching me!


3.  One-piece clothing (also known as adult onesies)

I SO DON'T LOVE one-piece pant suits!  When we were in Vegas we took in a Guess Fashion Show and there was a model who was tall and thin and everything I hate about models and she was in a one-piece pant suit that made her arse look like it was a double wide.  Eww!  Rompers?  Double Eww!  Yes yes, they are all the rage.  I bet this rage is gone in a year. Here's hoping!


    4.  Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen. Enough said!
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    5. Shopping with children

    I can't stand going grocery shopping with my kids.  Phew!  There.  I said it.  I know some moms who think this is a great time to explore and have color conversations with kids.  I've even had a mom friend who gave her child fake grocery lists to do scavenger hunts with (seriously, I'm not making this up). To me grocery shopping with kids feels like "fight with your children constantly about why they can't have this, or that, or that" time!  Even worse--I hate it when grocery shopping has to double as my "alone time."

    How do you make a trip to the store with kids an event that doesn't make you want to go join Charlie Sheen and his "winning" team?
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    So, what DON'T you love?

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    What I Think About--The "I" Word{Guest Post}


    Today's guest blog was penned by Sarah.  I talk about Sarah all the time on my blog because she's one of my closest friends who just happens to make great cheesecake.  Please take the time to read her post and then pray for her.  And if you really want to encourage her, leave a comment (or go to her blog Frontier Kitchen, and leave a comment there).

    Sarah is pouring her heart out with with Shell at Things I Can't Say.


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    If you’ve ever spent an afternoon with a group of moms, you’ll notice that we talk about pretty much anything: television shows, kiddos bed times, date ideas, pregnancies, allergies, books, our child’s developmental milestones, in-laws, vacations, house hunting, etc. But there’s one thing that we rarely talk about…
    Infertility.
    The “I-word” often seems to be taboo. And understandably so. Everyone prefers to talk about the joys of pregnancy and cuddly cute new babies. Those of us who have dealt with infertility would rather pretend it doesn’t exist; pretend that we’re normal and 100% emotionally stable. When, in reality, all it takes is someone innocently asking, “So when are you going to have another baby?” to send us out of the room bawling.
    I know. I’ve been dealing with the “I-word” for the past two years since I had a miscarriage and lost our precious baby in 2009.
    I’ve had countless tests done. My regular doctor can’t find out why I’m going through this. I’ve seen an infertility specialist. Right now I'm literally days away from an invasive surgery to determine if endometriosis is the remaining possibility. 
    I feel completely isolated and alone in dealing with this issue.
    But as it turns out, second-time infertility is very common. But nobody talks about it. We see many of our friends and coworkers with one child or with large gaps between their children and assume it’s because they used birth control and/or they were too busy with their careers to want another child.
    As a Christian, infertility has challenged my faith in ways I never expected. It’s really popular to hear Christians refer to Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Or similar passages that speak on God fulfilling the hopes and dreams and goals that we have, if we believe in Him.
    But yet, even though I’ve wanted, hoped, and prayed for God to bless us with a baby for the last two years, He hasn’t.
    I continue to struggle on a weekly basis with the life God has given me even though I’m incredibly blessed with a wonderful husband and daughter. God’s met all our physical and financial needs every day of my life. And in my heart, I want to walk in the path He has planned for me, whatever that may be.
    But, more than almost anything else, I want another child. I always envisioned myself as having 3-4 children. I planned on being a mother first and having a career later in life.
    But perhaps God’s will is different than my own life plan. He knows that I have no desire to teach before all my children are in school. Perhaps He isn’t giving us another child because I’m meant to start teaching next year as our only child begins kindergarten. Perhaps my persistent baby fever is a gift from God and meant to be directed towards the children I will teach. Perhaps some of them will be from broken families and need someone to be in their life daily to care for them unconditionally and be their constant champion and supporter. Perhaps by being that person, I will make a huge impact on the direction that child’s life takes.
    All I know is that dealing with infertility is emotional and isolating. Because we don’t talk about it. I only know of one friend who is also dealing with infertility right now even though I’m sure there are more.  I pray for her almost daily because I know the pain and heartbreak that is accompanied with infertility.
    Essentially, I’m writing this because I want you to know that if you’re dealing with infertility, you aren’t alone. Infertility may be taboo but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, talking about it is painful but once you do, you’ll be able to find friends and family you can go to for emotional support.
    Anyhow, I don’t have any answers on this topic but would love to hear your thoughts.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Ants

    We have ants.

    I've never had any sort of critter living in my house before that wasn't supposed to live here.

    They give me the heebie-jeebies.

    You know what the worst part is?

    Everything I read tells me that ants go into dirty houses where food is left out.

    I DO NOT have a dirty house! I mean, I would drink water from the toilet (if it was absolutely necessary) and eat anything that fell onto my floor.  Yep, my house it *that* kind of clean.

    So why are they here (and by here, I mean they are living in my master bathroom) and what can I do to get rid of them?

    Ideas? Advice?

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Daniel Fast

    Here's the deal--I've been struggling with my spiritual life lately ... and I hate it.  I'm not sure what's really going on but my prayer life and Word life have just been, well, non-existent really.

    I sort of need a "shock" wake-up so Matt and I have decided to do the Daniel Fast.  The Daniel Fast is based on two scriptures and is a vegan diet (with more restrictions).  No yeast, no leaven, no sweeteners (including natural sweeteners).  YIKES!

    I really haven't fasted much before but I do believe in the power of fasting to encourage one to study, pray, and focus like crazy. 

    I am doing this fast to help these areas (click here):

    My Body--No, I am not unhealthy but I do believe there are areas of my health that can be improved.  I eat too much sugar and processed junk.  This fast will help detox my body.

    My Flesh--Right now my emotions are pretty shut-up (I tend to close down when stressed).  Fasting will put pressure on me and may make me want to: give up, shut down, rebel ... I think seeing these "things" in my flesh and contrasting them with the fruit of the spirit will help me develop good thought patterns.

    My Soul--Spending quality time in meditation, The Word, and prayer will help my soul take my flesh captive! 

    Mostly, I am doing this 3 week fast to draw nearer to Christ!

    But I'm nervous.  I'm anxious that "flesh" desires for tea with creamer or chocolate ice cream will win.  So please, pray for me.

    And for my sake, if you have any good vegan recipes, send them my way!