Whats for Dinner=Whats for lunch

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I am so shocked that I have not blogged in forever! So I will do an easy peasy meal and school lunch idea πŸ˜€ This also qualifies for MSPI meal as well.

Tonight we are having spaghetti w/ turkey meatballs and some butter bread I think. (my son w/ the allergy is for some reason ok with cows butter). Im still not into the whole veggie thing yet. Hoping when hubby comes home he will help me incorporate more veggies.

For D’s school lunch tomorrow I will pack him up some left over spaghetti with turkey meatballs, butter bread, and apple slices w/ peanut butter also send him with some Tropical fruit punch that has 100% Vitamin C as he is getting over a cold.

We are both excited because this is his first hot meal he is taking to school :D. So far it has all been cold lunches. Which were usually sandwiches of some sort or left overs which could be eaten cold.

For the spaghetti I actually use linguine noodles, tomato sauce, seasonings, etc. Then the meatballs, ground turkey, egg, seasonings, panko breadcrumbs, and let those cook in the sauce. Very very easy :D. Hope you all enjoy! Camera is out of commission so unless I get energetic and use the webcam to take a pic I will unfortunately not be sharing pics of meals until I get a new digital camera.

Finally allowed to nest!

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The final nesting stage has hit and Im so excited! Now that Im out of the clear with all the preterm labor crap and scares I can clean til my little heart is content. As most of you know I moved into my new apartment in April. And by the looks of it you would swear I Β just moved in a week ago which must have been the same time that random hurricane hit in PHOENIX! lol Cause it seriously looks like boxes and stuff magically landed EVERYWHERE throughout the apartment. My main goal is to get ALL the trash and unnecessary crap out of my house and into the garbage dumpsters. Then I want to wash ALL my laundry and fold and put into dressers or put into a cubby for storage. After that its going through the boxes that have taken over my room and completely taken my wonderfully large closet hostage! Then I think I will tackle the easier tasks, like going through the kids’ toys, clothes, etc. This all does not exclude the scrubbing of every inch of the house and vacuuming so much my neighbors start to complain πŸ˜‰ Must get everything ready for my little princess to arrive. Im hoping thats why she has only teased me into thinking she’s coming instead of actually showing up early πŸ˜€ Im kind of hoping she’ll be fashionably late so I dont have to do this all in 3 weeks lol.

Unusual cleaning tasks I am looking forward to:

Cleaning the shower curtains

Baseboards

Ceiling fan

Doors/doorknobs

Washer/Dryer

and…Im sure I’ll think of more πŸ˜€

Hit a milestone on the Journey to Re-nursing!

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R finally nursed enough to empty one of my breasts a few days ago! As well as, doing away with his pacifier. He just up and decided he didnt want his pacifier anymore and asked for mommy milk and that was that. He hasnt asked for his pacifier since πŸ™‚ He also nursed one more time since then. It was on and off for a few hours while we laid in bed watching Heroes. Im so glad that I decided to try to re-nurse. So many people told me it wouldnt be possible after such a long period of time. But here we are!! So if any of you ladies out there are thinking about it you should DEFINITELY go for it. The journey is amazing if you allow it to be. Many people stress about supply first. I decided to focus more on him bonding with the breasts. Suckling will help to increase supply as well. When baby/toddler first latches on and starts showing more interest THEN start taking the herbs, tea, and pumping. Otherwise you will get a supply established and your toddler might not be interested. If you are just wanting to pump the milk and get them on that in a cup until they are ready to nurse then that will work as well πŸ™‚ But if you are wanting to do the actual nursing then I recommend re introducing your child to your breasts. Its an amazing bond and it feels so loving to have them all cuddled up next to your heart and getting love and nourishment all at the same time! Im hoping he will nurse more often once the baby is born but who knows. We’ll see. If not then at least I will be able to pump and store some milk for him.

If anyone has any questions on how to restart a toddler please contact me and I would love to share my resources!

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.

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.