Monthly Archives: June 2010

ABC’s of Homemaking

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I snagged this from another blogger πŸ˜€ LOVE IT!

1.Aprons – Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?

Dont have one yet BUT really want a super girly one!

2.Baking – Favorite thing to bake:

Brownies!!

3.Clothesline – Y/N?

Not yet…we live in an apartment 😦

4.Donuts – Have you ever made them?

No I actually havent

5.Every day –  One homemaking thing you do every day:

Cook at least one meal.
6.Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
Not yet…BUT oh do I want one!!

7.Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
Yes thank God.

8.Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?

http://www.keepingthehome.com

9.Ironing – Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?

The only thing I iron is my material for sewing.

10.Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?

Honestly?? I have a few lol

11.Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme:

Havent quite found exactly what I want yet…I like country theme though. and like a tuscan/italian theme.

12.Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?

My hubby coming home to a well kept home and kiddos.

13.Mop – Y/N?

Nope they collect germs.

14.Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?

In the washer.

15.Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check

LOL definitely open it.

16.Pizza – What do you put on yours?

Cheese and lots of meats!

17.Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?

Sleep, blog, read blogs, or facebook.

18.Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like?

Nope most of mine are stored away in my head.

19.Style of house – What style is your house?

Umm we live in an apartment…but as far as decor…we’re slowly leaning towards a lot of browns, tans, and wood…nothing set in stone yet.

20.Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?

In search of the perfect tablecloth and hope to soon sew my own cloth napkins.

21.Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?

Organized with GREEN SAFE cleaners!

22.Vacuum – How many times per week?

As many times as I can physically handle. I love a freshly vacuumed floor.

23.Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?

Right now I have to go to the laundry mat so we wear a lot of stuff we dont necessarily like until payday comes around and then load it all up and take it to wash. Right now..its about 2 big loads a paycheck.

24.X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?

Not right now, too stressful.

25.Yard – Y/N? Who does what?

We dont have one yay!

26.Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?

Lights are off, doors locked, appliances off, Β and animals are in their “rooms” and me and kiddos are safely tucked in bed.

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One Thousand Gifts

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I recently came across a wonderful page called a holy experience and the lady on there has started what she calls Gratitude Monday and a list of one thousand gifts God has given her that she is thankful for. Lately I have been down in the dumps…and stumbling upon this was nothing short of a God given sign. So here I am participating in Gratitude Monday. I havent decided if I will only post once a week or everday. But lets just start with today…

  1. My Husband
  2. My children
  3. D’s demanding will to take charge
  4. R’s energetic attitude
  5. Both of my son’s curiosity
  6. To have children that give me a reason to get out of bed every morning
  7. Money to purchase food to feed their hungry mouths
  8. all of my husbands wonderful characteristics and flaws
  9. my metabolism
  10. my internet

Would you care to read how it all got started? I encourage you to browse around on her page as well. She is truly blessed and a blessing!

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I know Im not SuperMom but…

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I want to get as close as possible I guess…I feel so much desire to change…to do MORE…Part of me reminds myself to be content with what I have, the other part says do not settle, move forward, evolve, adapt…How do I do that? How do I achieve all that I want to on my own? I read homemaking and homeschooling blogs and a lot of times they leave me feeling empty and guilty instead of inspired. I know whats in my heart. I know what NEEDS to be done with myself, my children, and my home. BUT how am I to accomplish all of that alone? With my husband gone I act as a single mother. Granted I do not have the struggle of working outside the home THANK GOD! But I do have the struggle of a 5 year old with emotional issues, a near 2 year old, and then a new baby on the way. Not to mention housework and playing mommy and daddy everyday. How does one conquer it all? And on top of this I also attend online school. Which I must say I mostly dread and honestly Im not doing well at all and questioning why Im doing it in the first place. My heart so desires to spend every day wrapped up in my children and homemaking duties. Which usually it is…well when I physically can. Right now the pregnancy is taking its toll on me and leaving my spirit beaten and bruised. Not to mention the days are nearing closer and closer to which Im supposed to send my oldest to public school. Something I swore Id never do. It doesnt feel right in any aspect. So now I have this internal conflict. Am I sending him because its what is best for everyone involved, even him? Or am I just not motivated enough and finding myself lazy and selfish and pushing my responsibility as a parent off on people I dont even know? Oh how my heart is weaping lately. All I want is the best for my children. Is that too much to ask? But how oh how do I juggle it all? How do I muster up the strength and ability to play all the roles to my children? I rarely desire time alone, I do not send my kids away, but yet…here I am feeling guilty. I do not feel like Im doing enough…yet I do not know how to muster up the “STUFF” to do want I KNOW I NEED to do for them.

So Far So Good

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Today is day 4 for R not having any dairy, soy, or beef. He is doing very well. Sleeping much better and seems to be happier and more energetic. The energy is probably from all the fresh fruit. He also seems to have a much better appetite. So far we have had tacos which for him i warmed up corn tortillas in goats milk butter, browned ground turkey with seasonings, and shredded goats cheese. He wasnt too thrilled about eating it without his favorite taco sauce but it had soy in it so i had to do away with it. Then last night we had breakfast for dinner. Over easy eggs, sausage links, and toast with goats butter. I also switched him to almond milk which he seems to love. He is eating so much fruit and yogurt. He absolutely adores fresh fruit. Cherries appear to be his favorite so far. I love exploring new stuff with him. And for breakfast he either has yogurt with fresh fruit or organic gluten free rice krispies with almond milk and strawberries πŸ™‚ If your child has MSPI and you need some ideas for where to find these products or what to make please message me.

~New diet for R~

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So, I cant remember if I have mentioned R’s milk and soy allergy but yes Im certain he has always had milk soy protein intolerance. I just have not had it officially diagnosed because I feel the testing is too extreme. I just have cut out the obvious sources of dairy and soy for him. However, recently Ive noticed that he isnt quite completely happy and normal feeling. Seems like he is always teething. Having diahrrea and so forth. So I started doing some research and found that there was hidden soy and casein(the milk protein) in some of the foods we were eating. Sooo, I made a menu plan that didnt include ANY dairy or soy, and I mean ANY! I bought fresh fruits and veggies for us, which is going to be hard for me because I am not big on either. BUT none the less I did. I have to get used to this diet to breastfeed our little princess when she makes her appearance. IΒ  have a slight allergy to soy and dairy while pregnant too. I found out today that R is just madly in love with cherries. Oh! and for some crazy reason my darling is able to digest goats milk and goats milk products just fine. So right now he is snacking on cherries, strawberries, and goat cheese crumbles. He is in absolute heaven! A bloody mess, but heaven πŸ™‚ I’ll have to snap a picture soon and put it here in the post so you can see just how filthy fun he is. So here is our menu plan for this upcoming paycheck. Just meals, havent set days to them yet but I will be doing tacos with goat cheese tonight…

Dinners

Bratwurst, potato salad, green beans-pork bratwurst and all fresh ingredients for potato salad and fresh raw green beans.
Chicken and brown rice soup-organic boneless skinless chicken breast, brown rice, organic chicken broth, salt pepper and taragon.
ham and beans-northern beans and ham with seasoning all
Spaghetti w/ meatballs-brown rice noodles, homemade spaghetti sauce, and turkey meatballs
Potato and chicken soup-brown potatoes, vegetable broth and organic chicken breast
Oven potatoes, homemade chicken nuggets, bean salad-Diced potatoes with olive oil and seasonings, chicken breast with panko bread crumbs baked, and random beans
hamburgers and sweet potato fries-turkey burgers, and sweet potatoes fried in olive oil
Tacos– ground turkey, corn tortillas, goat cheese and taco sauce.

Lunch

Pasta Salad, Tuna Sandwich-rice pasta with mayo, chicken, pickles, avocado and goat cheese, tuna with mayo and pickles
Avocado, cheese, and bean quesadillas (goats cheese)-corn tortillas, avocado, goat cheese, and pinto and black beans
chicken salad sandwiches with avocado and beans-chicken, mayo, pickles, avocado, and pinto/black beans

Breakfast

sweet potato hashbrowns with bacon and yogurt
diced breakfast sweet potatoes, sausage, fruit, and yogurt
sweet potato pancakes, homemade strawberry or blueberry syrup, sausage and bacon
Breakfast meatloaf-sausage, eggs, breadcrumbs, pureed fruit, syrup- hashbrowns

If you need any brand names of products I bought or detailed recipes just message me and let me know. Im hoping he likes our new diet. Im sure he will as he usually hates any form of cows milk. any dairy u see or know needs to be used is substituted with an alternative. He is drinking almond, goats, or rice milk and has all goats products for the rest of his dairy products. Im also making his bread from scratch to avoid hidden dairy and soy. Hopefully in a few days he will be a completely new boy. ALSO, coconut milk ice cream is dairy and soy free! the only one so far that doesnt contain soy lecithin.

When is it enough?

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Lately I had a conversation with hubby about my standards for myself and my days. I often try to take on too much or set to high of standards for myself, then I either abandon them because its such a mountain or I fail miserably. It’s very hard being a stay at home mom. Always trying to feel busy enough. Trying to make the house clean enough. Kids smart and busy enough. Why is it that we homemakers let ourselves get so overwhelmed. I find myself making to do lists for the house and projects but thats not the reason Im a homemaker now is it? No, I became a stay at home mother when we decided it was more expensive for me to work outside of the home than it was to stay home with D. About 15 months later I realized what it meant to be a homemaker. However, until recently that vision too was blurred. I envisioned my days starting before the sun rose, making my husband breakfast, sending him off to work, and then spending my days on cleaning and projects then ending with a successful healthy dinner followed by cleaning up the house AGAIN. Not in one place do I see wrapping myself up in the children. If our reason for being a stay at home mom is to give our children a happy healthy childhood then why is it we find ourselves wrapped up in our house?

When I moved into my new apartment it didnt feel like home until I scattered toys all in the living room. Then I stood there and breathed in deeply exclaiming, “Now it feels like home.” As stay at home mothers we should try to focus on what our TRUE reason is for being home. I have a feeling that almost none of us stayed home so that we could keep up on housework.Β  My to do list for today included going to the laundrymat to do a load of laundry and stopping by the store to pick up some jelly. However, Ive decided to stay at home and play with my little boy. Oh and throw some homework in the mix too. That is a necessity right now.

It sucks that we often get too wrapped up in to do lists and “life” that we forget to stop and admire our children. Im not saying that all stay at home moms feel this way but I’ve noticed from forums and friends that we just dont get ENOUGH done in our days. However if you ask a mother everything she went through in that day, it was probably rather exhausting. She most likely had to clean up a few messes, cared for animals(if she has any), cooked AT LEAST 3 meals, managed nap time, bath time, perhaps story time, avoided sibling fights, sat kids in time out, and somehwhere in there she managed somehow to take a moment to breathe. Most likely only done while locking herself in the bathroom to pee lol.

Mommies, try to be a little easier on yourselves. Try to focus on the kiddos and then throw something else into the mix when its only necessary or can logically be worked in without frustrating you, the kids, or making you horribly exhausted.

When is it enough? It will be ENOUGH when you make it ENOUGH.

According to Hollywood Labor Pains Are A Scream!

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So, I just finished watching Labor Pains with Lindsay Lohan. The movie is about a girl who pretends to be pregnant in order to keep her job. Don’t be too quick to judge the main character’s character, she is doing it because she is raising her high school sister by herself when she is in her mid-twenties. The movie over all is hilarious and fantastic. So much humor and truth about what its REALLY like to be pregnant. All the pain, discomfort, and let’s not forget embarrassing moments. However, the ending, well that’s what upset me. One of the pregnant women is screaming and screaming about how awful the contractions are, which yes they can be and most of the time are horrible and YES I too did scream with some of mine. The way Lindsay Lohan’s character responds about rushing her to the hospital and this that and the other sort of put me off. I tried to brush it off. The closing scene though, now that’s what really drove me to write this review. I really hope someone in the medical field or Hollywood catches wind of this too. She starts contracting at work. Everyone of course starts rushing her out the door. Panicking. And I hear someone yell that she definitely should get the epidural…well something to that extent, epidural was definitely pushed out there. Well Hollywood…way to scare pregnant women into thinking labor is painful and horrible and should only be done drugged in a hospital. But again, overall the film is quite hilarious and entertaining. Hollywood should however think about NOT putting out such a horrible image of labor. Maybe they should invest in some midwives and start promoting healthy pregnant women giving home births in a safe and well managed environment. Then, maybe we can start making a difference.