You Can Never Have Enough Pumpkin

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It’s That Time Of The Year Where Pumpkins Are Sitting Out By Our Neighbors Front Doors, and  Where I Live Pumpkins Are Sitting In Farmer’s Fields Waiting To Go To Markets.

When we lived at our farm we carved Many Pumpkins and always cooked in a Pumpkin for Halloween Dinner.

There is Something so Comforting About The Taste Of Pumpkin In The Fall.

Let me tell you some things  I learned about Pumpkin……

The world’s largest pumpkin measures 15 feet around, is over four feet tall and, according to the New York Times. It is larger than the pumpkin shown in this image, which weighs in at 1622 pounds.

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The largest Pumpkin Pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

Pumpkins are Gluten Free.

A Pumpkin Is Not a Jack O’Lantern, Until It Is Carved.

 

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Cheesecake Caramel Pumpkin Cups via Something Swanky.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies via Two Twenty One.

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Power-of-Pumpkin Banana Pineapple Smoothie via Very Best Baking

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Oh-So-Good Pumpkin Granola Muffins via Very Best Baking.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops: via Just a Taste.

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  Pumpkin Spice Caramels via Mom On Time Out.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers via Willow Bird Baking…..

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Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Chili served IN a pumpkin?! Yes, please!! via a Pumpkin and a Princess

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Pumpkin Fry Bread…via A Few Shortcuts.

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Pumpkin Apple Spice Fruit Leathers…via Simply Taralynn.

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Have a Lovely Pumpkin Season!!

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Awesome Stickers At Kidecals

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I was so excited When I received the email about reviewing Kidecals. They have so many stickers for so many items it took me a while to decide what I wanted.

Kidecals is a woman owned company that offers highly durable labels.  You can put them on anything – including fabric – wash, wear and wash again – and the label will still be stuck.

They’re made in the U.S. and  Kidecals always has FREE Shipping!

 

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KiDECALS are not just for kids. For my review I received a Beautiful Laptop Sleeve called Garden Love that definitely added some  oomph to my computer. You can even  Coordinate your keys to match.

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I also received the Chalkboard Cutie Circle. It is perfect on my pantry door to add my grocery list to. Simply peel

and stick!

 

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They also have….

More Chalkboard labels

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Allergy Alert Labels

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Luggage Tags

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Keyboard Stickers

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Gift Labels

 

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Kidecals really has a TON of great products. Every House Needs Kidecals. They are High Quality labels and you will be so happy you ordered some.

You can check them out and connect with them on FacebookTwitter , and Pinterest.

Thanks to Kidecals for providing products for me to review.

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Celebrate The Grandparents We Love

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In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore.

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In 1978, five years after its West Virginia inception, the United StatesCongress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. (September was chosen for the holiday, to signify the “Autumn Years” of life.)

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According to the National Grandparents Day Council, Grandparents Day has a threefold purpose:

  • To honor grandparents
  • To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
  • To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

I Am a Lucky Grandma. I Have 19 Of The Most BEAUTIFUL GRANDKIDS! The best gifts I love to get on Grandparent’s Day are Hugs, Pictures, More Hugs, Laughter, Stories, and Pictures!

Grandchildren Fill That Empty Space In Our Heart.

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So How Can We Make Our Grandparents Feel Really Special? I Have Found a Few Ideas I Think You Will Like…..

Send FREE Grandparents Day ecards at Americangreetings.com in minutes! 

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Trace Your Arms and Mail A Hug to your Grandparents!

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DIY Sharpie Mugs {Oh Honestly} – this cup will be Grandma’s new favorite. All it takes is some plain white mugs  and Sharpies!

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Interview Them….

Ask about places they lived, work they did, favorite childhood memories, people who influenced them, and what they like best about the time they grew up in.

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If you need a little help coming up with questions IMOM has a wonderful tool for family

Send Flowers….

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Send your Grandparents a  fresh, bright bouquet of flowers, edible arrangements, a book, or gift cards or something you know they would enjoy. 

Have Story Time….

Grandkids will remember how special these times were.

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Gather the family around and encourage your Grandparents to share some old stories from throughout their life.

Ask them about trips they took, their first date, silly memories from when your Mom or Dad were young.

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Grandparents will love having a print from each of their Grandchildren to display. Learn how from the  Gallary Art of Handprints.

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Color Together…..

Coloring is not just for kids anymore. Buy some Coloring Books you can leave at their house, and let Grandkids make more memories everytime they visit.

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If your  Grandparents live far away make  time for Skype or Phone Chat with the Grandkids.

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Make a Special Card From Thirty Handmade Days

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After you print out this Grandparent’s Day Card, the Grandkids will get to fill it out with why their grateful for their grandparent, what they like most about them, what their favorite memory of them is, and a drawing of the two of them.

The Best Gift….Give Them The Gift Of Time.

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I think the most Wonderful  Gift For Grandparents is the Gift Of Your Time, and there are many ways you can spend quality time together.

Arrange for a once-a-month lunch date.

Help with house or yard work.

Involve yourself in their interests.

No Matter what you Plan on Doing, just Remember to have Fun with it and make Memories For Years To Come.

“Love Is The Greatest Gift That One Generation Can Leave To Another.” (Via Richard Garnett)

Have a Wonderful Grandparents Day.

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A Boy and His Masks

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Let me tell you a story of Alex Rodiguez Rios  (Goes By “Alex”)

“My family arrived to the state of Durango when I was about 3 years old.  My mother and father had separated and my brothers and me stayed with our grandparents. We were a very humble but honest family. Our grandparents taught us good principles. 

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At the age of 8 I began to work to help the family. Copala was a Mining Town and it had many tourists. I began to search the mines for rocks. those rocks contained lead and they shined beautifully. I would sell those rocks to the Americans that would visit our town.

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At age 11 I began to make wood figurines from a tree we call Pochote. That tree produces large thorns and with those thorns I would make the figurines.

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 I never imagined that someday a man named Luiz Perez would come to Copala. I met him at age 13. He was very creative. He had seen elsewhere something similar to our masks. He modified them and made the better, having just arrived from Mexico City.

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Since Copala was a tourist town, he began to make the masks out of leather. He later invited me to work with him. At the beginning he only worked with natural tanned leather. He later told me that I would inherit his business and his art. I then began to also make masks of leather and gradually I have introduced different designs and colors that are very unique.

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I thank God that it has gone very well. My friend, Luiz Perez, no longer works with leather and I have the Galleria in Copola.

Each of Alex’s Masks are a True Work Of Art. The Leather is Hand Stained and Painted in Great Detail With Stains and Pain in Many Colors. 

The Leather is Shaped, Folded, Curved and Some Are Decorated With Sea Shells, Snake Skin, and Other Items.

 

Small Mask $25.00 Plus Shipping  About Handsize.

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3/4 Mask – From Nose Up   $40 Plus Shipping.

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Full Size  $50 Plus Shipping

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These Masks look Terrific hanging on walls in homes as a Decorative Piece.

 

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You Can Live Gluten Free


It took three decades to figure out what was making Donna Sawka  so sick. Her symptoms — bloating, chronic diarrhea  and weight loss — began early in childhood, and they only became worse as she aged.

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Nine years ago, after developing severe anemia, a specialist told Ms. Sawka that she had celiac disease.  The digestive disorder causes damage to the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is ingested. People with the disease need to follow a strict gluten-free diet for the rest of their lives to avoid serious complications like osteoporosis and lymphoma, an immune system cancer.

Ms. Sawka, 48, of Fairless Hills, Pa., said she “was overwhelmed” upon learning she had the disease.

 

 

In 2006, the National Institutes of Health started a campaign to raise awareness of the disease among both the general public and physicians. A goal was to increase rates of diagnosis because, unlike many ailments, there is a definitive way to stop Celiac disease from progressing once it is recognized.

“The vast majority of cases experience a complete remission from symptoms once they are diagnosed and go on a gluten-free diet.  “So essentially, you have no disease. That is what makes it all the more important to be diagnosed.”

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And there is no better time to be on a gluten-free diet. In 2008, 832 gluten-free products entered the market, nearly 6 times the number that debuted in 2003. Last year, gluten-free even emerged as a fad diet in the general population. Now we see the gluten-free products everywhere.

“The quantity and quality of these products is amazing,”

Dr. Fasano said gluten-free products used to taste like cardboard but had significantly improved in recent years. “The only problem,” he said, “is that they cost five or six times more than their normal counterparts.”

Researchers are also beginning to experiment with drugs that may be able to block the immune response  to gluten, much like a lactate pill. If the clinical trials are successful, individuals with Celiac disease may someday be  able to ingest small amounts of gluten.

Until then, the gluten-free diet is working for patients like Ms. Sawka. “I am perfect now,” she said after 35 years of feeling sick. “Every system in my body was in an uproar, and then everything just quieted down.”

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Do you know how many foods contain gluten.  You have to learn that to begin with.  And  you will need to become an expert in reading the ingredients on food labels and become a detective for gluten in the food that is not labeled.

Check out this Gluten Free Food List that should help.

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“The Food You Eat Can Be Either The Safest and Most Powerful Form Of Medicine Or The Slowest Form Of Poison.”

 

 

So What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Celiac Sprue?

It occurs mostly in whites of Northern European ancestry and is rare in Africans and Asians.

While the precise mechanism of intestinal damage is unknown, it is clear that removal of gluten from the diet results in resolution of symptoms and intestinal healing in most patients.

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Gluten refers to the protein component of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats (but not rice or corn).

The exact cause of  Celiac disease is unknown. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with Celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi.

This damage affects the ability to absorb nutrients properly. A person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food he or she eats.

The disease can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood.

Symptoms of Celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:

 

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Auto-immune” describes the way that the disease does damage; “auto” means “to oneself” so it is saying that the immune system of a Celiac mistakenly does damage to the Celiac rather than to the supposed invader.
What happens is that the immune system believes that a portion of the food eaten needs to be attacked, and as a side-effect of the attack, the lining of the small intestine gets damaged.
Celiacs who are not following a gluten-free diet will suffer from damage to the lining of their small intestines (specifically, to the “villi” the little hair-like growth that helps process food in the small intestine).
This damage slows and even prevents the digestion of food, which can lead to malnutrition (anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, and more)
 If you have been recently diagnosed and  struggling with transitioning to a gluten-free diet,  The Celiac Disease Foundation has a helpful 7 Day Gluten-Free Meal Plan. Full of ideas on how to get started! 
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(The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook offers more than 85 kid-friendly gluten-free recipes. The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook does the planning for you. The spiral-bound cookbook includes an introductory section filled with helpful tips and educational information to help parents understand celiac disease, including a description of the dairy-free and gluten-free (GFCF) diet, and recipes to fit.)

Another Great Resource is knowing where you can eat out….this list will help you with that.

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Simple Ways To Celebrate The Last Day Of School

 The Last Day Of School Is MAGICAL..Stop being a grownup for a while, be young again and think back to what the last day of school meant for you. Capture that joy and let our children read it in your face.
Here are some End Of The School Year Celebrations that you can do to make it even more special for your children!
 
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 It is so important to capture pictures.  Here is a way to do that……

 Free Printable Last Day Of School Signs.

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(Via Yellow Bliss Road)

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Last Day of School Tee: Create a fun t-shirt and send your kiddo to school with fabric markers to sign the shirt with. Love this version from Chaos Served Daily.
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Have ice-cream for dinner on the last day of school. Because why not? It’s SUMMER!
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Plan fun evening of stay-up-late activities. Plan a movie marathon at home and spread out the sleeping bags. Get to the store and have enough of their favorite movie time snacks to keep them fed until midnight.
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Do you have girls?  They will love this cute End of School Year Glitter Toes Tradition from Tatertots and Jello.
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Even if your child has already started school, it’s never too late to start this oh-so-personalized tradition, and the end of the school year is the perfect time to sneak the book to your first round of educators. They’ve got a whole year of fresh-on-the-mind memories to write about.
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Have a surprise message waiting for them on the driveway or a banner they can run through when they get home.
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Rock the car pick-up line with this Decorated Last Day of School Party Vehicle. via Happy Home Fairy.
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Have a Water-Fun Fight

All the moms in our neighborhood fill containers  with water balloons and water guns. Then hide at the bus stop and ambush the kids as they get off! After you’ve soaked them, give them a stash. Let the games begin.

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End of School Basket ~ On the last day of school it is a tradition to have a basket for the kids filled with goodies to get excited about summer. 
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Don’t forget to Thank The Bus Driver This Year!  Here is a Cute Gift I am sure he will appreciate. Turn the Page and get the instructions from Like a Pretty Petunia.
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 Hit the pool! Let the splashing begin. Head on over to your local pool and start working on that gorgeous tan while splashing around with the kids.
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Have a Neighborhood S’mores-Making Party with Fun Fixings. It’s a Great Way To Start The Summer.
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Take the kids to Free Movies All Summer!
 
Regal Theaters 2016 Summer Movie Express – Admission is only $1 for their Summer movies for kids every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am.
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Cinemark Theaters Summer Movie Clubhouse – 10 weeks of Summer movies for kids with a punch card for only $5 (purchased in advance – otherwise pay $1 per movie at the box office.
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I Have a Granddaughter Graduating This Year So Let Me Add Some Graduate Inspiration I Found…..

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A Penny for Luck
Finally, if you’re looking for a positive message to leave for your students, teacher Robert Courtmanche share his end-of-year message to students.

“Each year we have an awards banquet, and I give the seniors a little gift and a penny with a message attached to it,” Courtemanche, a teacher at Galena Park (Texas) High School, told Education World. The wording of that message, penned several years ago by Courtemanche, follows:

My graduation gift to you is a penny, but why?

 

 

Look at the penny and you will understand.
The year is 2016—so you will always remember this time.

“Honest Abe” Lincoln is on the front—always be honest with yourself and others.

The word LIBERTY—as they say in the Navy, you are now “at liberty,” and that means you are free to do as you like. Don’t waste that freedom.

IN GOD WE TRUST—you must trust in someone or something; you can’t go through life alone. Trust in yourself, trust in God, trust the life you make.

A penny may be worth only one cent, and you can’t buy much with a penny anymore. However, every dollar is made up of 100 pennies, and every kid’s piggy bank starts with one penny. The penny, like each of you, is not made of pure silver or gold—but surely if you put enough pennies together, they will amount to something.

I ask that you go out into the world and amount to something. Set your own value on life, set your own standards and goals.

And, in case you need it …

Here’s a penny for luck.

 Have a Wonderful Summer,
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Saying Thank You To Mom

Personalized Mother's Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognized and celebrated. The celebration takes many forms from house to house, and country to country, but for the most part it is a day where mothers get the chance to put their feet up and be well and truly spoiled!

I just came from visiting my dear mom who is now 86 and so bent over and almost blind. She is still trying to be so independent and wishes she could be years younger. It is an honor to be able to take care of her as she ages.

I have learned so much from her in her later years and she is a Wonderful Mother. Tell your MOM this year how much she means to you.

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If you wrote your mother a message… Would she be able to find it?

 

Top reasons to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day.

She wore your macaroni necklaces with pride to work, the grocery store and the mall.

She had a knack for finding missing objects such as your blankie, pet frog, retainer, lucky marble, homework, or belly button lint collection. Unfortunately she is still looking for the remnants of her mind, memory, and body that once fit into size 4 jeans.

She willingly baked five dozen cupcakes for the bake sale you “volunteered” her for, and which you told her about at 8pm the night before.

She is a human calendar, keeping track of every doctor appointment, birthday, anniversary, parent-teacher conference, field trip, play date, spelling bee contest, lesson, team practice, first word or bowel movement anyone in the family has ever had.

She put up with your “self-expression” years whereby you dyed your hair, pierced body parts, tattooed strange things upon your skin, wore strange clothing and makeup, and used the word “righteous” ad nauseam.

She sacrificed going back to work just so she’d have time to be your Girl Scout Leader, PTA president, field trip chaperone, and chauffeur to every sporting event or karate lesson you ever took.

Even when you were too upset to verbalize what was bothering you, she always knew exactly what was wrong based on the volume and urgency of your heavy sobs or the amount of boogers that ran from your nose.

She loved you even when you flushed her earrings down the toilet, set the living room rug on fire, practiced writing your letters in red marker on the living room couch, or used the contents of your diaper for wall art.

She has spent the majority of her adult years in two places: the kitchen and the laundry room.

She has never had a vacation, comp time, sick day or other “break” from motherhood, and even if she were given the opportunity for one, probably would never take one.

Remember to thank your Mom on Mother’s Day. There is no love that goes deeper or which transcends time and space more than a mother’s love.

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You Need To Spoil Mom On Mother’s Day With a Special Breakfast…..

These Handmade Vases will bring smiles to moms & grandmoms on their special day!

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Strawberry Pancakes With Cream Will Put a Smile On Her Face.   (via Thrifty Jinxy)

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Via Six Dollar Family

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Moms Will Love One Of These…….10 Free Printable Cards for Mother’s Day via CountryLiving.

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Print kids’ Artwork on Photo Magnets as a Gift Grandma Will Cherish. Pick Up The Same Day!

 

 

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How to make an essential oils perfume locket. (via Glamour and Grace)

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If Mom isn’t one for full-on spa treatments, then a simple homemade body scrub is still a nice gesture, and something she’ll appreciate for a long bath. This Homemade Citrus Scrub is light, refreshing and perfect for spring.

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For anyone who has a mixed family or has ever asked the question, “How will I leave a legacy for my children?” this movie StepMom  is emotional, funny and tugs at the heart in a way that everyone can relate to.

 

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DIY These Pretty Coasters Instead Of Buying Flowers For Mom. (via .brit.co)

 

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Give Mom a Coloring Book…….From beloved author and Hallmark Channel favorite Debbie Macomber, this special adult coloring book features forty-five original illustrations depicting scenes from the Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series. Unplug and let the creativity flow!

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How To Crochet Washcloths…Awesome Mother’s Day Gift Idea.

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All Natural Mists…..A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way for mom to  keep cool this summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint.

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Mother’s Day Handprint Board Is One of My Favorite Gifts! (via LollyJane)

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Create a Gardening Bucket For Mom Via iHeartNaptime.

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Make Sure You Bake Up a Delicious Dessert For Mom and I Have One That Is Easy and She Will Love It…Turtle Cheesecake Pie. (via hoosierhomemade)

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A Mother’s Day Playlist…20 Songs For Mom

 

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Have a Fantastic Mother’s Day,

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Wishin’ You A Pot Of Gold

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The month of March means the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and whether or not you’re Irish, this is a fun day to celebrate!

Every year on March 17, millions of people gussy themselves up in green attire, hold big parades all in the name of an old Irish saint.

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Bet You Didn’t  Know Some Of These Fun Facts ?

1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a suitably festive shade!

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Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.

Another little-known fact from Irish lore: Leprechauns earned that gold they’re guarding. According to legend, leprechauns spend their days making and mending shoes. It’s hard work, so you can’t blame them for being territorial about their pots of gold.

If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, WalletHub estimated the total current worth at $1.26 million.

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March 17th Is Almost Here So Let’s Get This St. Patrick’s Day Party Started With Some Fun Ideas.

“Luck of the Leprechaun” Hat Centerpiece…So Adorable I Am Off To The Craft Store.  (via 21rosemarylane)

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I Love To Decorate Inside and Out and This DIY Mesh St. Patrick’s Day Wreath  Is Easy To Make and Will Look Great On Your Door As Well As Mine! (Via The Wreath Depot)

 

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Lets Start The Day With Some Lucky Charm Pancakes. (via Betty Crocker)

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Bring a Little Leprechaun Mischief into Your Home for St. Patrick’s Day! This Felt Garland will be Sure to Delight Kids and Adults Alike! (Via Think Crafts)

 

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FREE St. Patrick’s Day Lunchbox Jokes! Surprise your family will a chuckle.

(via Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke)

 

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Put Some  Caramel Rice Krispy Treats In Kids Lunch Boxes. (via Wants and Wishes)

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Gunna Go to Ireland soon… Sure Glad I found This ….. Right Where I want to Go !!!!

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This Play Dough From She Knows Is Perfect For St. Patrick’s Day & This will Keep Kids Busy For Hours.

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Shamrock Juice ~ This juice requires pineapple juice, sparkling lemonade, sparkling white grape juice, lime popsicles, & green apples. Find out how to put it all together on Creative Juice!

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You Must Try These Irish Nachos...A Fun Irish Twist On Traditional Nachos.

(via The Gluten Free Homestead)

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I Love This….Create a Leprechaun Garden…

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So Lucky You’re Our Neighbors – Let them know that you appreciate them! (via Eighteen 25)

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 St. Patrick’s Day Party Popper ~ St. Patrick’s Day Candy Popper {St. Patrick’s Day Gifts} This Candy Popper is so clever! Super fun to make and give! Even includes the Fun Printable! (via The House That Lars Built)

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Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips Via Family Fresh Meals Will Be A Big Hit! Make Sure You Make Extra.

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Printable Scrapbook Paper Pack To Wrap Up Little Gifts  @ The Girl Creative

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What is any Holiday without Music ?  Head On Over To  Spotify.com. and Enjoy The Irish Music You Will Think You Are In Ireland!

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 “St. Patrick’s Day Is An Enchanted Time – a Day To Begin Transforming Winter’s Dreams Into Summer’s Magic.” Adrienne Cook

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Making Memories As a Family

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Your family is probably like many others these days—pulled in countless directions by educational, social, and recreational obligations. If you’re looking for a way to re-connect with each other, a family night might be exactly what you need.

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No matter how young your children are, assigning one night a week for Fun Family Night Ideas gives families a special opportunity to have fun together and create lasting memories.
The general concept of a weekly family night is to spend an evening once a week where the family is together having a meaningful experience together.

In other words, watching the latest installment of a favorite sitcom doesn’t count! Invariably, as soon as you decide to set aside a weekly family night, you will be inundated with conflicts. Have some integrity and be willing to say no more often.

It may be tempting to go to the big game with your friend, but be willing to say thanks, but no thanks. If the soccer team practices at the same time as family night, be willing to find another team or not play. It is important to make sure that your commitment is firm.

Remember the feeling of the children in the movie Hook when their dad (Robin Williams) says, “My word is my bond”? Keep your word and put family first.

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Parents, YOU make the difference!

Family Night should be scheduled once a week as the time for recreation, work projects, skits, songs around the piano, games, special refreshments, and family prayers.  Choose a night when everyone gathers to enjoy a family activity.  Make sure all of you, from the oldest to the youngest, are involved.  Each week, a different family member can choose the evening’s theme or activity.

Studies show that families who eat meals together and enjoy activities together are closer.  This closeness extends to increased trust and comfort levels, which can help children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Children who grow up in this kind of environment are less likely to become involved in drugs and alcohol use, and they are more comfortable discussing problems with their parents.

I found a Great Sign to get your Family Time Started! Turn the Page and get the Download via BitznGiggles.

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Family Night Ideas…….

1. Visit the zoo……

2. Find out about your area’s community center and or/park activities…….

3. Wash the dog.  ( A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)

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5. Build a fort……(Use large appliance boxes outside, or pillows and sheets inside.)

6. Get out the family photo album…..

7. Research your family history……

8. Visit the Genealogical library…….

9. Play stick ball……

10. Play hopscotch…….

11. Clean the house together…(Have a pick-up party.)……………..

12. Make a play. Take it to a nursing home…….

13. Fly kites…….

14.  Go on a family trip/ historical excursion……

15. Did it snow?  Go sledding and make a snowman…….

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17. Set up a lemonade stand on a warm day……..

18. Shoot hoops together.  Play H.O.R.S.E……

19. Draw pictures of members of your family……

20. Tell Stories around a campfire.  ( or at the barbecue?)…….

21. Organize a game of capture the flag…..

22. Make miniature boats and float them in some water……

23. Write letters to grandparents or a missionary……

24. Play freeze-tag…….

25. Tell scary stories (With lights out)……

26. Play broom ball…..

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28. Go for a bike ride together……

29. Go get ice cream and walk around the temple grounds……

30. Learn to play the guitar together…..

31. Listen to classical music, lights off, lying on the floor, and take turns saying what is sounds like……

32. Attend community concerts or listen to a local band……

33. Organize a community clean-up…..

34. Visit the library….

35. Go ice skating or roller skating…..

36. Paint a picture, a mural or a room……

37. Learn how to use a compass…….

38. Organize 72 hour kits…..

39. Learn how to use a compass…..

40. Plant a tree or some flowers…..

41. Learn the metric system…..

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42. Learn sign language….

43. Learn the Morse Code…….

44. Go swimming……

45.  Go bird watching…..

46. Walk the dog. ( A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)

47. Visit the countryside…..

48. Visit the City. (Maybe on a bus?)

49.  Pick berries/ fruit together…..

50. Bake cookies or bread….

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52. Plant a garden……

53. Join a family choir……

54. Start a family journal……

55. Go to a museum

56. Take a nature hike trail……

57. Have Family Game Night…….

58.  Start a family exercise group…..

50. Sing (in the car)….

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52. Make crafts together.  Give them away…

53. Make Christmas ornaments together…..

54. Write a story together…….

55. Learn how to fold the American Flag (or your country’s flag). Have a patriotic night. Have a flag ceremony.

56. Talk about drugs. Do role-playing.

57. Make a family cook book.

58. Write a story together………

59. Pizza making night– Make the dough from scratch or buy the pre-made pizza bread and let each person make their own little personalized pizzas.

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60. Star Gazing – Grab some pillows, jackets and discover the world above you.  There are apps you can download to your phone to help you recognize the stars.

61. Laser Tag- I must say this is one of my favorites.  It’s so much fun!

Family movie nights are just a bit more structured than simply renting a movie and letting the kids watch it. Remember, the point of a family fun night is to make it a simple, but a special event that involves all the family. Pop popcorn the old-fashioned way (on the stove) and pop in a DVD….. Let everyone in the family have a turn at deciding which movie to watch.

Remember Family Nights can be a lot of  FUN!

Here Is Another Idea I Love The Jar …….Make a Family Night Activity Jar!  Printable includes 52 activity cards (one for each week of the year) plus blank ones to creat your own! (via CreateCraftLove.com)

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(This is a Digital Scrapbooking Software that allows you to create Scrapbooks, Photobooks, Custom Gifts and Printables. It’s pretty easy to use. This program is chock-full of all kinds of goodies and features from backgrounds and picture layouts to tons of embellishments — everything your little  creative, little heart desires If you do get a copy of your own, you won’t regret it!)

 

 Most importantly though, the best way to have a successful Family Night is to have it. The purpose of Family Night  is to be (and learn) together as a family and all you have to do to achieve that goal is to simply hold Family Night.

The more regularly you bring your family together for Family Night , the more accustomed they will come to being together, participating in Family Night, and being united as a

SO HOW ABOUT SOME FAMILY NIGHT TREATS!!

Fruity Tuties Get a bowl of ice-cream and add some of your favorite juice or soda. Enjoy! –

Oreo Pie – It’s easy, you just get chocolate pudding and Oreo’s and whip cream. Crush the Oreo’s up and put them on the bottom of a pan. Then put the pudding on top .then more crushed up Oreos. then put the whip cream on top and spread it out.-

Homemade Ice-cream Sandwiches – Yummy and easy. First make a box of brownies, any kind. Let cool and cut into squares. Take aluminum foil and put one brownie square on it add vanilla ice cream (or any flavor you like) and top with another brownie. Wrap up and put into freezer. Do this with all the brownies. After FHE serve.

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Nachos Put corn chips on a cookie sheet and put on shredded cheese we like the four cheese blend the broil in the oven until the cheese is melted. don’t bake it too long! hard cheese is not very good.

Home Made Oreos – A favorite of my family is a joyous mix. It’s lots of fun to put together as well. Prepare one box of devils food cake. follow the recipe on back on how to prepare it for cookies.

Place the dough/batter on a cookie sheet and cook for app. 10 minutes, (the back of the box should say exactly.) After the cookies are cooked and cooled, spread vanilla frosting on the flat side of each cookie and place to together!!!! ENJOY! –

Orange Julius’ – Put 1 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate (regular size can), ice cubes (as much as you like, around 2 cups is good) into a blender. Blend until ice is well crushed. We almost always had this with popcorn!

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When you have older kids, like teens, most are  hard to get motivated.  One trick I learned is to show them you mean it, find a bowl or container of some sort and have them all put their extra little things in it.  Like for example, any electronic device like cell phones, ect. go into the basket.  It works like a charm!

Don’t  be discouraged if it takes little time to get your family night started. It’s well worth the effort to start a tradition that strengthens your family bond.

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“Because there is no one way to be a perfect parent, but there are a million ways to be a great one.”  Kelle Hampton
As President Ezra Taft Benson said about Family Home Evening, “… Like iron links in a chain, this practice will bind a family together, in love, pride, tradition, strength, and loyalty.

****(Have you ever  made a Photo Book before?  This is the perfect time of the year to do so. All those Pictures of the Special Moments in your Family’s Lives,  should all be Captured and Cherished Forever, and a Photo Book is the perfect way to do it.

You can use Blurb to create a family photo book anytime  It’s a Bound Book of LOVE to be Cherished for Years to Come.)******

 

I wish that we had the sort of simple laid back life that afforded us the opportunity to have every night be Family Night. And I will admit that a part of me misses the days when all of my children were small and the evenings after dinner were spent reading a chapter from a book, all of us snuggled together on the couch.

But children have this annoying habit of growing up and having lives of their own, as parents we have to take the time to spend together with them wherever we can get it. Having one special night set aside every week to spend as a family has been transformative for my family.

When you have your teenagers putting in requests for the next Family Night and happily coming home on time, you know that you are doing something right.

 

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My Altra Running Shoe Review—–Our Family 2 Yours

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Recently I received a  Free Pair of Altra Intuition 3.0 Zero Drop Shoes (thanks Altra ) These  are my first pair of “Altra” shoes. They Are BRIGHT and I Love That!  My first impression was ” how light”. My second was ” how comfy!”

 

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They were my introduction into the Zero Drop Shoe. My feet are wide and I’m always looking for something comfortable.

“Every Altra Running Shoe features a fully cushioned Zero Drop™ platform that places the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground. This natural balance aligns the feet, back and body posture for less impact. It also strengthens the Achilles and lower calf muscles that have been weakened over a lifetime of running on elevated heels.” (Source: Altra Running ).

Altra running shoes feature a toe box that allows the toes to relax and spread naturally enhancing the stability to maximize your running. My feet are happy with the space in the toe box. The zero drop and wide toe are game-changers for me

I’m not a  runner,  I walk and I can say these shoes are made for walking too…

I love that I can go for a long or short walk  and feel amazing wearing them!  They have changed my life. No kidding. I’m back to loving to go on long walks. Awesome Running and Walking shoes

Highly Recommend. Love, Love Them!  Great Work Altra!

Take a Look At The Shoe That Started It All……

Start Your Altra Journey Now. Run The Way Nature Intended by Lacing Into The Instinct 3.0 Running Shoe!

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