Friday, April 6, 2012

Date Night {IN}: Sassy Egg Hunt (for him!)

Has anyone caught onto the fact that I love anything bright. flashy, sparkly, or that glows-in-the-dark?

If I were a fish I'd be a goner!  Ha!

Anyhow I'm cruising through Pinterest (another shocker.  I know) and I saw this photo:

Next thing I know those glow-in-the-dark eggs prompted a mental-leap to a sexy-themed egg hunt for the hot husband. I love it when that happens. I think he does too.

 Basically this date is easy-peasy and can be a PG or X-Rated as you want.

What you will need:

  • Eggs (big ones) 
  • glow in the dark necklaces/bracelets (Target has these in the $1 bin) 
  • Stuff to put in eggs (see the caveat below) 

 What to do:

  • Send your husband a text/e-mail telling him that he has a special surprise just because he makes your heart glow. 
  • While he isn't around, crack the glow-sticks and bend them so one fits in each egg. Stuff the egg with other goodies. 
  • Hide them. 
  • When it is time, send your honey on an egg hunt. 

 The end.

 Or NOT.

 Here's what I really suggest. Don't just give your husband candy. Fill the eggs with a mix of candy, spiciness, and sassy activities. For examples, put a new pair of tiny (and I mean tiny) panties in one egg with a promise to wear only the panties to bed. In another egg tell him that you are going to kiss for one minute. In another egg have a note good for 5 minutes of you tickling his back with your hair. You could also include: massage oil, a certificate for a 10 minute back rub, a $10 iTunes card .... you get the picture.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Things I Love: Cookies that Teach about Jesus

This is an excellent recipe to teach your children that Jesus rose from the dead!  I cut this recipe out of a Christian book club magazine years ago and love it.  Sadly I can't eat the cookies because of a nut allergy but everyone else seems to like them!

1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon or rolling pin
scotch tape

Make these on the night before Easter!

Preheat oven to 300'.
  1. Place pecans in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon or rolling pin.  As children break pecans into small pieces, explain that after Jesus was arrested.  He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  Read: John 19:1-3
  2. Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read: John 19:28-30
  3. Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read: John 10:10&11
  4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read: Luke 23:27
  5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup sugar.  Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us tocknow and belong to Him. Read:  Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
  6. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. 
  7. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
  8. Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.
  9. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.  Read: Matthew 27:57-60
  10. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
  11. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.  Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66
  12. GO TO BED!  While you tuck your kiddos in, explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight just like Jesus' followers were sad when he died. Read: John 16:20&22
  13. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie (for breakfast!  You'll be super mom for allowing a cookie for breakfast!).  Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.  The cookies are hollow!  On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read: Matthew 28:1-9
  14. Turn on praise music or sing a song of praise to Jesus.  
  15. Say a prayer with your kids thanking God for sending his Son to redeem the world!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What I Think About: Lessons from Children

When I think of all the "parenting rules" out there, I get pretty distraught.  I mean, I'm no where close to being super mom.

Exhibit #1--A few days ago Paxton was playing near the garbage can and emerged minutes later eating something ... bad parenting?  Nope.  I called it "morning snack."

Exhibit #2--Everyone is always saying how fun bath time is.  Know what?  I can't stand it.  Water everywhere, cleaning potty out of the water, ring around the tub ... not my idea of a good time.

While I might not be in line for an award, and I'm most definitely not licensed to give mothering advice, this mom says you can learn a lot from your little ones.

The Top Five Lessons I've Learned from My Children

1.  Sweat the Small Stuff

Did you ever notice that we aren't supposed to "sweat the small stuff" but "it's the little things that count"?  Does that seem ironic to anyone else?

To me, parents sweat the big stuff (jobs, electrical bills) but we ignore the little stuff when shouldn't it be the other way around (okay, I'm not telling you to NOT pay your electric bill but you know what I mean--right)?

My kids have done an amazing job of making me focus on what really matters--finding beauty in a butterfly, reading a good book over and over (and over), eating cookies in bed without worrying about crumbs until later.

2.  It's better to be together than to have it together

There is a huge social stigma with being a stay-at-home-mom.  I mean, since I have all this "extra" time on my hands, I better put it to good use.  So I Once a Month Cook, and buy cute clothing, and organize, and volunteer ... all to make it look like I've got it all together. 

But sometimes when I'm dusting it dawns on me I haven't laughed with my kids.  Or when I'm vacuuming that I haven't read them a story.  Or when we are running errands I'll realize it's been forever since we've gone to the park.

See my kids don't care if the house is a wreck or if I've showered or if their closets are organized by color and season and short to long sleeves.  They don't care if I've got it together.  They care that we are together.  Thank you, Pax and M.E. for reminding me that "we may not have it all together, but together we have it all!"

3.  It's okay to have BIG faith.

I was praying with my daughter the other day and she asked God to make her a chipmunk with real fish in her tummy.  I almost laughed out loud told her that might not happen but then I thought about my motivations for doing so.

If I want her to believe that God is mighty and awesome--shouldn't I?

Okay, so it isn't likely that she'll be a chipmunk but is it more important for her to have faith that God can change her if He wants to or that she be brought back to reality?

When I thought about the miracles I've seen, none of them have made sense to me.  None of them.  What a faith-based, power packed punch that prayer was.  Amazing how a child can teach you Biblical truths.

4.  You can get a lot of mileage out of a pair of good shoes.

I bought M.E. a pair of princess cowboy boots that light up.  She wore them for about a year solid.

She wears them with jeans and skirts and dresses and PJs.  She plays dolls, helps her dad with construction work, and climbs jungle gyms with them on.

Sometimes I want to scrimp and get cheap-o shoes but this lesson is well taken.  Spending some extra dough on the right pair of comfy, versatile shoes is the smart way to go.  Even if they don't light up.

5.  When all else fails, smile.

Whenver Paxton wants something he does this ear-drum breaking scream and when I look at him in horror, he gives me this darling smile and I melt into a puddle of goo and hand him whatever was worth screaming/smiling about.

When M.E. is scared she'll smile and do a nervous laugh.

The other day my kids were driving me nuts.  Nuts as in: Paxton spilled a whole container of Cherrios on the floor, M.E. spilled bubbles all over her table and tea set, and the police showed up at my door because someone called 911 "for fun."

I nearly blew my top (but you can't do that in front of the police, though I did consider begging them to take me to jail for a time out).  So I smiled.  And when the police were gone, I laughed.  Because these moments were memory makers.  Sure I could have gotten angry and lectured and dolled out time-outs but instead, I turned bad events into teachable moments.  And that's something to smile about

When it comes to parenting, I'm not perfect.  I don't have it all together.  But what I've learned is that I have a lot to learn ... from my children. I love participating in Shell's PYHO on Wednesdays!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Days of Play: Easter Stuff

We don't do anything Easter Bunny-ish but we sure do love a good egg hunt.  So this week while my daughter is home on Spring Break (yay!) we are going to try a few new crafts.

First up (and the one I'm most excited for.  Bring on the mess!) is Shaving Cream Painting.

Photo from Little Wonders' Days.

All you need is shaving cream, paints, card stock "eggs", a squeegee and a willingness to play!

I found this on Pinterest!  Please go to the blog Little Wonders' Days (<--click that link) for directions.

Next on our list is egg dying.  I've heard you can do this with Kool-Aid but I'm sticking with my good ol' reliable food coloring and vinegar.  I might try this though.  I saw this photo and thought ... duh!

Photo from Parent Hacks
Oh, and for dyeing, I'm excited to try this rubber band method from Inkspired Musings.

Photo from Inkspired Musings

Anyone have some awesome Easter-themed crafts they are working on this week?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Music Monday: Bad Books

In general, I really hate bad books.  The Scarlet Letter?  Vomit.  The Red Badge of Courage? Skip it.  Moby Dick?  I don't care how many people call it a classic, I still think it sucks *bleeeeeep*.

Lucky for you, I'm not asking your to reminisce the horrible books you've read.  Where bad books, literature wise, are frustrating, The Bad Books-musically speaking--are an incredible American Indie band formed in 2010.  This band has a similar sound to Manchester Orchestra (have I introduced them to you yet?  Hmmm.... anyhoo, the lead of Manchester Orchestra is in Bad Books so it makes sense that the style is similar), Bon Iver, and The Airborne Toxic Event.  Really their music is Folk/Americana/Melodramatic.

If you want to check out some free music, head to The Bad Books' MySpace page (because MySpace still exists ...).

Or hear them here (and if you like them, go buy their tunes on iTunes).

You Wouldn't Have to Ask

 I Begged You Everything


I'm Not Ready to Forgive You