Saturday, February 28, 2009

She's a Scrabble freak, Scrabble freak. Super-freaky!

She's a very funny girl
The kind you take to the bookstore for a coffee
She will never let your spirits down
Once you give her the tiles, ow girl

She likes the nerds in the library
She says that I'm her all-time favorite
When I make my move to her room
With my Scrabble dictionary
I know she'll have the board ready

Oh, no
That girl is pretty wild now
(The girl's a Scrabble freak)
The kind of girl you blog about
(She may even have her own Wikipedia entry)
That girl is pretty kinky
(The girl's a Scrabble freak)
I really love to play her
(Every time we meet)
She's all right, she's all right
That girl's all right
Even when she gets a BINGO
Hey, hey, hey-heeeey

She's a Scrabble freak, Scrabble freak
She's super-freaky, yow

Everybody sing
Scrabble freak, Scrabble freak

She's a very special girl
(The kind of girl you want to know)
From her head down to her toenails
(Oh her SEXY feet)
And she'll wait for me after work
With her travel Scrabble
Ready to play a game
She's a Scrabble freak

Three's not a crowd to her, she says
(More to play the game with)
Room 714, I'll be waiting
When I get there she's got chips and dip
The Scrabble dictionary
It's such a freaky scene

That girl is pretty kinky
(The girl's a Scrabble freak)
I really love to play with her
(Every time we meet)
She's all right, she's all right
That girl's all right
With me, yeah
Hey, hey, hey-heeeey

She's a Scrabble freak, Scrabble freak
She's super-freaky, yow

Temptations sing
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oooooh
Scrabble freak, Scrabble freak
That girl's a Scrabble freak
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oooooh

She's a very kinky girl
The kind you hope invites you to a game
She will never let your spirits down
Once she makes her first word

She's a Scrabble freak, Scrabble freak
She's super-freaky, yow

Friday, February 27, 2009

I may need a 12 step program for this.

SERIOUSLY!!!!

I am addicted to Scrabble on Facebook! I will play my friends. I will play total strangers. Just for the LOVE of the game!!! I can have one game going or like three!!!! I won't admit right now how many I am working on. I'd really hate to embarrass myself.



So, if you are on Facebook and want to play a game just let me know!!!!!! To hell with a 12 step program. All I need is a good game!!!! Or SEVERAL!

Conscientiousness with a little Neuroticism.

I was asked to participate in an online research study being conducted by Mr. Tal Yarkoni under the supervision of Dr. Simine Vazire at Washington University in St. Louis. The study investigates the relation between people's personality and the content and style of their writing, and has been approved by the Washington University Human Research Protection Office.

I thought it was pretty cool. I answered 100's of questions. Here are my results.

Results

The questionnaire you filled out measures your scores on five different personality dimensions collectively known as the "Big Five". Below are your scores on each dimension based on the answers you provided, along with some interpretation. If you'd like more information about these personality dimensions, the Wikipedia entry is a good place to start.

Neuroticism
Neuroticism (sometimes also called Emotional Instability) is the tendency to experience negative emotions such as sadness or anxiety. People who score high on neuroticism are vulnerable to stress and tend to experience negative feelings more often. People who score low in neuroticism tend to be less susceptible to stress, and experience negative feelings relatively infrequently.

You scored 24 out of 50. This score is higher than 41.0% of people who have taken this test.


Extraversion
Extraversion (or Extroversion) is the tendency to experience positive emotions and seek out stimulating situations. People who score high on extraversion tend to be active, energetic, and enjoy being around other people. In contrast, people who score low on extraversion, known as introverts, tend to be quiet, low-key, and are typically less involved in the social world.

You scored 42 out of 50. This score is higher than 88.6% of people who have taken this test.


Openness to experience
Openness to experience is a general tendency to appreciate emotion, adventure, and unusual ideas or experiences. People who are open to experience are intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and sensitive to beauty. People with low scores on openness tend to have more conventional, traditional interests.

You scored 46 out of 50. This score is higher than 82.1% of people who have taken this test.


Conscientiousness
Conscientiousness is the tendency to show self-discipline and persistence. People who score high on conscientiousness tend to be persistent, responsible, and duty-driven, but are sometimes perceived as being overly perfectionistic and concerned with order. Individuals low on conscientiousness tend to show less persistence and may have trouble seeing things through.

You scored 46 out of 50. This score is higher than 96.6% of people who have taken this test.


Agreeableness
Agreeableness is the tendency to be sympathetic and cooperative towards others. People who score high on agreeableness strive for social harmony and value getting along with others. Disagreeable people tend to be more suspicious and hostile towards others.

You scored 43 out of 50. This score is higher than 87.1% of people who have taken this test.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Guess who's sick?

To go along with some strong OCD tendencies...

I am fighting the urge to throw up and alphabetize the medicine cabinet.

I know that some things are out of my control.

It seems that I have a few things on my plate of life. Actually I have a full plate that is dripping onto the nice place mat on the table.

I try to relax and let things just happen.

Then last night as I am nudged about 12:30 ish AM to my son throwing up in the bathroom I realize that some things are out of my control.

As I got up from bed, more like RUN LIKE HELL, to the bathroom. I looked up and spoke to God,

"I know you are the one in control. I'll stop worrying so much. I'll give things over to you to handle."

As I was cleaning up the mess my thoughts were like this,

"CAN I NOT GET A BREAK AROUND HERE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?"

So, today will be tend to sick moan-y boy. He won't go to bed. He insists on sighing and moaning through the house.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ask and you shall recieve.

Yes, I am still working on growing my hair out! I haven't had it cut since November. It was cut SUPER SHORT back then. Here are some pictures I took a few minutes ago.

Picnik collage 3

Look at all this hair.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh yes, it's OSCAR night. And the feeling's right. Oh yes, it's OSCAR night. Oh what a night!

I admit it!! I stayed up to watch the OSCARS!!!! Maybe it was out of my Hugh fascination. Nahhh, I wanted to see the dresses and of course give my opinion on them!!!

I thought everyone looked amazing. No one really stood out with "WHAT IN THE HELL WAS SHE THINKING WEARING THAT DRESS?!?!?" I did tell Superdad, "You'd think Jake would have told Reese not to wear that awful blue eyeshadow!" Sadly, he did not. Now that I think about it I really didn't like her dress that much either.

Supermom gives her BEST DRESSED ON OSCAR NIGHT TO:

Natalie Portman



She is just a total babe!!!!!!!!!! If they ever make a movie about me I would like Natalie Portman to play my role!!!!

I teared up when Penelope won! I enjoyed her character in the movie but I had hoped that Taraji Henson would win the OSCAR. I LOVED her in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I didn't care for the movie that much but HER I LOVED!

I cried when Heath Ledgers family accepted the OSCAR on behalf of Matilda. I think everyone did! I saw the Batman movie and thought he was BRILLIANT in it. The movie was dark but it was supposed to be.

I also wanted Mickey Rourke to win for The Wrestler. I haven't seen the movie but I hear it is AWESOME. I remember Mickey Rourke back in the day of 9 1/2 Weeks and Wild Orchid. He was a sex God back then. I think Mickey Rourke has had to overcome a lot of things in his life and making The Wrestler was about all that. I was sad to see that he didn't get the OSCAR! You are a winner to me MICKEY ROURKE!!!!!! If I was able to give you an OSCAR I would!!!

That sums up my late night. Now I am off to play SUPERMOM!!!!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The wine was my impulse buy!

Today was grocery shopping day. I did pretty good sticking to my list if you don't count the banana chips, cheese, ice cream sandwiches, sushi and the wine. But that's okay I suppose.

We spent $183.22 at the store today. All organic. This food will last us for the next 2 weeks...mostly. I also SAVED $19.00 for coupons and buying things on sale!!!

I blogged before about Mrs F and her rotisserie chicken! I bought one today. A $6.99 rotisserie chicken that is. I cut the white meat off and put it in a container in the fridge for later use in chicken salad, for sandwich meat or just to eat with rice(which is cooking in the rice cooker as I type this.). I used the rest of the rotisserie chicken to make stock. I then used the stock to make chicken noodle soup. TA DA!!!! When I was cutting up the carrots and celery to make the soup I went ahead and cut up extra for veggie stick snacks. TA DA!

While I was at it I went ahead and washed all the spinach to throw in a bag for this weeks use.

I already made the bars last night with Lil O but they are almost gone already!! So, tomorrow I will have to make another batch for the kids snacks. I am also going to make two kinds of muffins to munch on for the week. Blueberry Muffins and Carrot Cake Muffins. YUMMY!!!!!

I am on a roll.

However, I was not on a roll when Superdad beat me at Super Scrabble earlier today!! I will get a rematch TONIGHT!!!!!

I leave you with an odd question and something to think about. ~giggle~ Don't get me Superdad!!!

Superdad: "Why does God make men wake up every morning saluting?" (Not his words but you get the idea.)

Supermom: "To teach you patience and that it's not ALL about YOU!"

Friday, February 20, 2009

I often wonder if I have screwed my kids up since I deal with depression.

For some crazy reason I have been thinking about how my depression effects my children. I wonder if I have screwed them up somehow. I know I really shouldn't think that way but that doesn't stop the thoughts from coming into the brain. Yanno?

My kids are everything to me. I hate that have seen the highs and lows with my feelings. I have always been honest about when I am depressed. They know I have been and currently on medications. I didn't think it should be some hidden secret that no one talks about. You don't have to be ashamed that you are depressed.

Does anyone ever wonder this? How do you handle it? Do you talk to your older children about it?

I just did a Google search and found this great article:

When a parent is depressed...What kids want to know.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Children have a lot of questions when someone on their family is sick. When the problem is about depression, it often becomes a secret that nobody talks about. When children don't have answers to their questions, they tend to come up with their own, which may be incorrect and scary!

Every parent and child's "beginning conversation" about depression will be different depending on the child's age and ability to manage the information. You know your children best.

This information will help prepare you (whether you are the well parent, the parent with depression, a grandparent, or another adult in the child's life) to take the first step. If you have already started talking to a child about depression, this information will give you details to keep the conversation going. It lists common questions children have about their parent's depression, as well as suggestions for how to answer their questions.

Questions Kids Have

What is depression? How does depression work?

  • Depression is a disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks, and acts.
  • When people are depressed, their brain works differently from when they don't have a depression. Our brains help us to think, feel, and act in certain ways. So when people are depressed, they think, feel, and act differently from how they do when they're well.
  • Depression is not a weakness.
  • Depression is a fairly common disorder, even though people don't always talk about it.

Why does my Dad act the way he does? How does it feel to be depressed? What goes on in my Mom's head when she is not herself?

  • Depression causes people to act in ways that are different from how they act normally.
  • It can be very hard living with a parent who is depressed because that person may do or say things that make children feel bad or confused.
  • Most children notice that a parent who is depressed is not as available to do thing with them, like playing, talking, or driving them places.
  • Depression causes many people to be impatient, to be more irritable, and to get angrier than normal. It can also cause someone to feel sad and cry a lot. These reactions from a parent can be very hard on children.
  • A person with depression may get tired more easily and spend a lot of time in bed.
  • Sometimes people who are depressed have trouble concentrating.
  • People with depression may worry a lot more than normal.
  • Sometimes people who are depressed have a negative attitude about life, or have low self-confidence.
  • Depression can affect people in many different ways. (This would be an opportunity for the parent to discuss his or her own symptoms with the child.)
  • As the depression lifts, the person slowly starts acting more like him- or herself again.

What causes depression? How does it start?

  • Depression is a disorder, much like diabetes or high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • There are many possible causes of depression. Sometimes the causes are not always known. What causes depression in one person can be different from what causes it in another. In some cases, symptoms can appear suddenly for no known reason. In some cases, the symptoms seem to come after a life crisis, stress, or other illness.
  • It is unclear why, but some people become depressed more easily than others.
  • The child is not the cause of the parent's depression.

Will the depression ever be fixed?

  • The good news is that depression is very treatable. 75 to 85 per cent of adults treated for depression get better.
  • Sometimes the depression comes back, and it can be treated again.

How can my Mom or Dad get better?

  • Many different treatments are available, including medicine and talk therapy.
  • Medicine helps to make the chemicals in the brain work better, and that can help the person who is depressed think, feel, and behave more normally.
  • Talk therapy gets people who are depressed to talk with a therapist about what they are experiencing. The therapy helps them learn new ways to cope and to think, feel, and behave in more positive ways.

Is there anything I can do to make Mom or Dad better?

  • Support from family is really important to people with depression, but it is the adults (e.g., doctors and therapists) who are responsible for treating depression, not the kids.
  • Even though you can't fix the depression, sometimes just knowing what your parent is going through, and understanding that he or she has a disorder and will get better, can help your parent.

Will it happen to me? Will I get it too?

  • No one can ever know for sure if they will get depression at some point in their lives.
  • It is natural to worry about this. Just like other illnesses (e.g., arthritis or diabetes), having depression in your family might put you at an increased risk, but then again, it might not. We don't really know.
  • It's most important to focus on what you can do to help yourself deal with stress and lead a balanced life.

Is there anything I can do so I don't get depression?

  • One of the most important things that kids can do to protect against getting depressed is to be open about how they're feeling. It's healthy to let parents or other grown-ups in their life know what they're going through.
  • By opening up to parents and other grown-ups who care, kids can get the help they need to feel better and solve problems in their lives.
  • Some kids who have a parent with depression don't always talk about the times when they are feeling angry, sad, scared, or confused. They think that maybe their parents or other grown-ups don't want to hear about those feelings. But that's just not true!
  • Participating in sports, hobbies, and other activities with healthy grown-ups and kids is important because it helps to have fun and feel good about you.

Can parents give it to other people? Is it like a cold? Can you catch depression?

No. Depression isn't like a cold. There is no germ. It's not contagious. There is no way of catching it. So you can hang out with someone who is depressed without ever having to worry about catching it.



There is some really good information in the article above. I hope that this may make someone feel better that was thinking they may be screwing their kids up like I thought.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Supermom Cleans House

If you know me then you personally know I am sort of an OCD clean freak.

I have a motto. "Make it happy, find it a home." My kids know this very well.

I detest clutter!! I like things at a minimum. I guess I am trying to say is that I am not a what knot kind of gal. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ~wink~

I thought I would start a segment "Supermom Cleans House". I will go room by room giving helpful advice about DE-cluttering!!!!

How does that sound?

The first room I am going to tackle is the bathroom. Also known as "The Library" or "The Ladies Room". Any bathroom. Yours. The kids. The guest. Whatever! If it has a potty then you need to continue reading!

The bathroom is my quiet oasis from the kids. I often find myself hiding in my bathroom imagining I on an island drinking vodka martinis. Sometimes I am with 007 and sometimes I am with David Muir. Maybe even Justin Timberlake if I want to get all wild and crazy. I tease!! Really I do. Who has time to imagine that stuff anyway? My mind is on what I will cook for dinner and if there are clothes to fold. You know what I mean?

Just follow these easy ideas to have your bathroom neat and tidy in no time.

Organize your space.


In our bathroom we use wicker baskets. Each basket is for certain things. One contains the medication. One belongs to Superdad for his razors, lotions, extra buttons, eyeglass cleaning stuff, etc... I have a bigger basket for my feminine products, razors, eye drops, perfume, nail clippers and files, etc... The babies have a basket with hair bows, brushes, lotion and nail clippers. I have a smaller basket just for my makeup. I don't use much so it's nice to have it in one place.

When you start to organize this is the time to toss out things you quit using or will never use. Check expiration dates on medications and prescriptions.

Did you buy something and didn't like it later? Why are you still hanging onto it?

Did you get a stinky perfume as a gift? Why are you still hanging onto it?

Did you love that lipstick color at the store and HATE it now? Why are you still hanging onto it?

Get my drift??

Your space should ONLY have things that you currently USE!! AS IN EVERY DAY!!!!! Your space is valuable and getting rid of things you no longer use or need can make you feel so liberated!!!! Is that the word I am looking for? Just think if all you see is clutter it makes you feel aggravated and you in turn don't like how things look. Take some extra time and organize!!!!

My oldest kids share a bathroom and it's all in order as well. Each child has their own basket in the bathroom closet. Everything is happy because it has a place to call home.

Here are two pictures from my bathroom. Even my decor is at a very minimum. I have a decorative gourd and candle on the potty. They were gifts from Superdad. The perfume I wear mostly is there too. Then my body lotion for when I get out of my tub.

At the sink is where I keep my facial lotions and my toothpaste and toothbrush.

Under the sink I have a few matching towels and fancy soap. Just for looks! Well, and Baby M to play with.



Here's the view of our closet in our bathroom. See, the top shelf is some storage and the basket of medicines. It's away from all the kids up there. Then you have the two bigger baskets. One is his and the other is mine. Then you have the shelf with the toilet paper, bar soap, some of my facial potions, deodorants, nursing bra pads, the basket with baby stuff and then my basket of makeup. To make more room for my towels, I roll them up. They take up less space and look pretty cool.

Then the bottom of the closet is where the laundry basket goes.



So, what are you waiting on?? Go tidy up the bathrooms in your house!! Have fun and don't be afraid to THROW AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have to have a plan to make it work.

I sat down and made the menu!

Chicken Stroganoff with Salad
Hot Dogs with Slaw
Veggie Night ~ Baked Sweet Potatoes, Corn and something green
Tortilla Pizzas with Salad
Hamburger Steaks with twice baked potatoes
Baked Spaghetti

Snacks ~ Muffins, bars and veggie sticks.

I was able to find some amazing coupons and look forward to the total price of this shopping trip.

This morning we went to Growing Young Cafe for a play date. I went ahead and reserved their space for O's birthday party! I got to thinking about our space with all the kids running around where would we put everyone?? I can rent the cafe and play space for 15.00 and hour. Pay a few extra bucks and they clean up the mess. Even if you add up the 22.00 I spent on party things, 37.50 for renting the place for 2 hours and cake supplies I will still spend less than a Chuck E Cheese party.

I was worried that it would be more than I want to spend but it will not. You only turn 4 once so I guess it will be okay.

The girls can even have a tea party there!!! They will love that! I will too.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hmmmm. That was odd.

Earlier I posted that I had slept with Justin Timberlake to get a few extra hits. Since I signed up for AdBrite to post links on my blog I knew the hits were extra special today. I just wanted a few extra!! HA HA!!!!

Actually, I have never slept with Justin Timberlake. Or even met Justin Timberlake. Even been in the same place with Justin Timberlake.

After I posted that my blog wouldn't show up. I had to reword the whole blog post again.

Hmmmmm, maybe Justin Timberlake didn't like me saying that? Or Jessica??

Okay, I will stop being silly. Night night!

Saving money while buying organic!!

I am getting ready to make my menu for the week so I can hit Earth Fare on Friday. I got out the cookbooks and my coupons so I can make a plan.

There is this coupon book I grab upon entering Earth Fare. They contain some awesome coupons!!! I had no idea you can get them ONLINE as well!!!!

If you love organic products and LOVE having a COUPON for ORGANIC PRODUCTS then go here.

Mambo Sprouts

I joined. Downloaded the coupon thingy. PRINTED out cracker and coffee coupons!!!!!!

**UPDATE**

There's another place to get organic coupons!!!

Organic Valley


Who's your momma??!?!? HA HA!!!

Just for this I am going to make a section on where to find organic coupons to the right!

Out of the mouths of babes.

We were having lunch the other day and this is what went down:

Supermom: Lil O needs a bath.
Lil O: I want you to give me a bath. (She was looking at Superdad to tell him.)
Superdad: Who do you like to give you a bath?
Lil O: You. (Said again to Superdad.)
Superdad: Do you like how I wash your hair and don't get water in your eyes?
Lil O: Yes.
Supermom: Well, GOOD!!! One less thing I have to worry about!!!
Lil O: I still love you mommy.

~~~~~~~~~~~

Yesterday my sister stopped by with Niece A. We were sitting at the table eating a small bite of lunch.

Out of the blue Niece A says, "You're pretty!" She was looking at me.
Why thank you! You are pretty toooo!!! I told her.
Niece A: My mommy is pretty too.
Yes, she is!!!!!


So I have one child who doesn't want me to give her a bath BUT she still loves me. Then I have my little niece telling me that I am pretty. Ahhhh, can it get any better?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Okay, I am walking away from the computer.

For some strange reason I decided to move my blog around today. Dust under the furniture and vacuum the cobwebs. That sort of clean up.

I moved the actual blog over to the left and the extras to the right.

Now I am going to rest with the girls. My tummy aches today.

You got to start them early. HA HA!

Baby M likes the sounds from Lil O's toy computer.

Future Blogger Baby M

Monday, February 16, 2009

"I'm a God, Jim" Or however that goes.

Superdad usually says that when things go his way. Mostly when he finds the perfect parking spot!!! I say perfect as in RIGHT in the front of where we are headed and with a pull through!!! Usually said while doing a hand gesture.

I am feeling inspired lately. We are doing so well compacting and such. I am thrilled. We hit Earth Fare the other day. We usually blow 240.00 there EASILY!!!!! With some planning and more planning I was able to spend 140.00. I only go to the store two times a month for the big SPENDING list. This made me feel awesome. Now, Superdad will venture to Green Life to get milk, bread or anything we run out of. We have our system down very well.

Today he stopped to pick up milk, bread and nuts for granola bars.

Our goal this week is to spend ZERO on food expenses. Our house is quiet capable of feeding us ALL week until my big grocery shopping trip to Earth Fare.

I have sandwich stuff for lunch. Tuna for tuna salad or tuna pasta. I have ham and cheese to make a quiche. I have english muffins for breakfast or open faced sandwiches. Sweet potatoes to bake. I have dried pinto beans I am going to use to make bean burgers. There are various food items that will make a nice addiction to any meal.

Okay, back to compacting. As you know I have been having great success in my granola bar making. I have tried all sorts of various mixtures. I even accidentally made some too sweet so they were "treats". I also accidentally got a batch too dry and the kids turned it into cereal! They loved it with the milk! I will say that Superdad wanted me to try a batch with molasses. We didn't like those so much. I guess I am just not a molasses person.

So, I was inspired yesterday!! Mrs Furious blogged her muffin recipe the other day. I wrote the recipe down and stuck it with my other recipes.

Let me go a step further. My friend Anna has been bringing us Friendship Bread about every week since like Christmas. She tries all sorts of different ingredients for her Friendship Bread. YUMMMM!!!!

Soooo, I was thinking about what sort of muffins I could make with only using what I have in the house. I wanted it to be something "grown up".

So today I made "Friendship Muffins". ~giggle~

Here's the recipe I used, it's actually Mrs F recipe. I just added brown sugar to mine and the various spices. THANK YOU MRS F!

2 cups all purpose flour
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

I mixed the dry ingredients together first. Then I added sweet basil, ground coriander and ground ginger. I don't know the exact amount. I just sort of would shake shake shake. Mix. Smell. Shake shake shake. Mix. Then smell again. It will smell awesome too!

When I thought that was about right I added the melted butter and egg.

I spooned it into greased muffin pan. Sprinkled more brown sugar and some salt on top.

I baked them for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Making Homemade Muffins

Making Homemade Muffins

Even Baby M liked them!

Making Homemade Muffins

Yes, it is ALL ABOUT YOU!!

Making Homemade Muffins

Making Homemade Muffins

Dirty Dancing. Where are they now?

I just stumbled across this and wanted to share. I AM A HUGE FAN!!!!!!

"Nobody puts Baby in the corner"

I was surprised at some of these!!! Tell me what you think!!!

PS. I live close to where this was filmed so that's why I think I liked Dirty Dancing so much!

This is where Supermom turns into an M&M!!!



I went here to see what I would like as an M&M. Not to bad!!!!! I do look rather "tasty"!!!

If you make yourself into an M&M be sure to let me know so I can come check you out!

What did that dream really mean?

Superdad let me sleep in yesterday morning.

I dreamed I was hiding in the bathroom and running away in the dark.

I woke up thinking "HUH?". I tell Superdad my dream.

He laughs saying, "I cannot imagine why you would dream that?!?!"

After he had been watching all four kids so I could sleep in.

Now that I think about it, I think I noticed him twitching.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

No no no!!! That's not what I meant and you know it!

Me - "Oh, look she has a heart on!"

Superdad gives me the look.

Me - "No, her outfit has a heart sewn on it!! SEEE!!!"


I never noticed that the outfit Baby M had on had a heart on it before.

Okay, thought I would share for a giggle.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Planning a birthday party on a budget. Part 2.

This morning we hit the $1.00 Store. I had a list and lots of ideas. Plus I happened to grab a handful of the Candyland cards so I could give Lil O an idea of the colors we were looking for. That way she could FOCUS and match colors. My mamaw went along to help. This is what we picked up today:



Red and Purple plates. Blue napkins. Red plastic spoons/forks. Happy Birthday Cups. Red streamers. A Happy Birthday banner. A birthday candle that is the number 4. Purple tablecloth.

Party bags and novelties to go in them. Disney cards and tops. Rings. Silly straws. Stickers. Sprinkles for the cup cakes. Party Invitations!! 20 things for around $22.00 bucks. I think that is AWESOME compacting for a great birthday idea.

We can use the game board as a centerpiece in the middle of the table to set things on. I cannot wait for this PAR-TAY!!!!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Planning a birthday party on a budget.

Lil O will be 4 on March 11, 2009. Sadly, it will be here before we know it. I was coming up with a plan to make the most of my dollar for her birthday party. That marks off Chuck E Cheese from the short list. Though I love the idea of someone else setting up and cleaning up for me but not this year. That's okay because we have a plan.

Lil O loves to play board games. Candyland caught my eye. Gum drops. Peppermint. Gingerbread men. Bright colors.



I told Lil O that we would hit the 1.00 Store. She can pick out different color plates, napkins and cups to match the colors on the board. I already have a gum drop tree. We can make cupcakes with lots of frosting and sprinkles. Have gingerbread cookies and peppermint sticks! Neat idea huh???

I thought so.

This birthday she is going to invite her little friends to come. She wants to plan a tea party too! Should be fun!!!! I am excited because I know she will have a wonderful birthday.

I'll post later what we find and how much we spent.

Now...to find the perfect gift at a bargain.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Off my camera card:

Picnik collage 5

Pop Click Click Pop Click

For the love of GOODNESS stop making mouth noises B2!!

Are you trying to push me over the edge?

"No."

The Adventures of Supermom on WYFF 4.

Here is part of my interview from Sunday. This is the second part. I'll try to get the first part up. (They only posted the second part on youtube.)

The Baby Walks!

Baby M has been walking for weeks! I was finally able to catch it on the camera!! That required me to make a youtube account!! So now I can post all sorts of videos!!



Just ignore my crazy outburst!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Top Mom Blogs

Check out these great blogs!! If you aren't on the list then you should FIX THAT!!!

No joke. I am in the Top 10. Go look and add your blog.



Salma Hayek Breastfeeds African Baby

Superdad shared this with me today. It made me tear up. I have always liked Salma Hayek! Now I LOVE her!!!! She is awesome!!!





Salma Hayek let "Nightline" and Cynthia McFadden follow her on a goodwill trip to Sierra Leone a few months ago, and while there she breastfeed a newborn baby boy whose mother had no milk.

Hayek's own daughter Valentina turned one just before she took the trip.

She spoke of the incident recently, and it turns out "Nightline" aired video of the feeding.

"The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother didn't have milk. He was very hungry. I was weaning Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk that I was pumping, so I breast-fed the baby. You should have seen his eyes. When he felt the nourishment, he immediately stopped crying."

Below is the link to watch the video and hear this amazing story!

Salma Hayek Breastfeeds African Baby

It's okay to ask for help. Hormonal teen trouble again. An interested boy called the house. I've got a bone to pick with Denny's!!!!

I have several topics to blog about this morning. That's why this blog has so many title's. I hope I don't leave anything out.

I guess I should start with how my day started yesterday. I woke up at the crack of dawn with the kids and did the normal routine. Laundry, picking up and bathing kids.

I started feeling nauseous. Hurting in my chest. I started seeing a "lightening flash" in my left eye when I closed it. I called Superdad right away then I popped some migraine meds. I sat on the couch waiting for the purple haze to take over. I just felt totally icky. As the meds kicked in and I was feeling fuzzy I headed to take a quick bath. Baby M stood patiently by the tub like always. I hadn't had a bath since Sunday at 4:30 AM so I was in need of one. Sort of like a fresh start. Putting on clean pj's has a calmness to it. Or I had hoped.

I settled on the couch under a blanket with the kids. Superdad came home from work for lunch. He took over for me so I just laid there. Then my MIL showed up. She knew I had a headache and she was bringing lunch by. I had arranged for my sis to pick up the kids from school since I was unable to leave the house.

I was able to crawl in bed and sleep for a couple of hours because I didn't have the weight of the world on my shoulders.

Why are you blogging about this???

I want you to know that it is OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP!!!! Often mothers think it's awful to ask for help. Maybe awful isn't the right word. Maybe they don't like to think that they are unable to do it all and feel like a failure when they need help. That is NOT the case. I know first hand that it is hard to ask for help. I hardly ever ask for help. Not that I don't need it but because I find it hard to just ask.

I was so thankful my MIL came over to play with the smaller babies so I could sleep. I was so thankful for my sister getting the older kids from school for me. I was thankful that Superdad took control and I was able to just LET GO. As a mother I know how hard it is to just LET GO and BE. Be in the here and now. Instead of being there, there, there and there.

I woke up feeling somewhat better and just laid around the house for the rest of the day.

Moving on.

A year or so ago my daughter H was interested in a boy. They spoke at school. On the phone. Even went to the movies with ADULT SUPERVISION! Then things went sour. He hurt her. She cried. He called her a name. I even blogged about it back then. Fast forward to now. She supposedly likes him again. Been talking to him. Blah blah blah. DOESN'T SHE EVER LEARN?!?!?!? So anyway...H was at her dad's house over the weekend. Her dad and brothers were practice camping for scouts so he was away from home. She and the step-sis took advantage of the situation and talked H's step-mom into letting the boy mentioned above go to the movies with them. It's not a good thing to take advantage of your step-parents! Just a quick FYI!

Anyway, I didn't find out about this until I was trying to rest with my migraine. The step-mom didn't know that we had issues with the boy so she thought nothing of it. She happened to hear me and H's dad talking about this boy and how he was not to call H. Then she told him what had happened on Saturday.

So of course I had to deal with that yesterday when she got home from school. After I had said what I had to say and said NO PHONE OR COMPUTER FOR THIS WEEK she totally wouldn't take any responsibility for her actions. Then she cut a rusty in her room. She was trying to hurt me and she succeeded. She took down things I had given her and pictures that had me in them. I guess since I called her on her actions then she was going to take it out on me.

I was too tired to cry. I just sat around in a daze. Thinking, "Can I NOT have ONE DRAMA free week???"

I am not a step-parent. I grew up with a step-parent. I just want the kids to know that you cannot take advantage of your step-parents. H knew that if she had asked ME or her DAD that she WOULD NOT have been going to the movies with THAT BOY. Enough said.

Get this! HE CALLS the house to speak to me. He mentioned that H said I had a problem with him and he wanted to know why and plead his case. SERIOUSLY!! HE DID IN FACT CALL MY HOUSE AFTER ALL THIS TOOK PLACE. I cannot quote word for word what was said. I am going to give you an idea of what I said though.

"Well, about a year or so ago you hurt my daughter. Then you called her some names. She tends to forget things like that but I do not. I am not going to put up with drama. My daughter is a beautiful young woman with so many opportunities in her future and she is my main concern. She just got rid of one loser why would I want her to get with another. I have no problem with you two being friends but why do you have to classify it as boyfriend/girlfriend? Sure, you talk on the phone and see each other at school but there is no way you two will be alone on dates. You both are only 14!!! I am sure you are a nice young man and I have nothing against you I am just looking out for my daughter like any responsible parent would."

It went something like that. Did I handle that okay?

Speaking of the other loser she was "dating". They broke up few weeks ago. GET THIS!!! His mother called H on Sunday to fuss at her for breaking her son's heart. Give me a freaking break. We are talking about 14 year old KIDS!! You heard me KIDS!! K. I. D. S. Stay out of it please. They are broken up. You want to call someone then call me. I am here to answer any questions you may have. I told H she didn't have to put up with that and she should have given the phone to an ADULT! That is an adult situation and KIDS shouldn't have to deal with that!

Exciting stuff huh?? I'd gladly change shoes with someone. :)

I was unable to sleep last night so I sat up watching The Bachelor. I know. ~hanging head~
Then I saw a story for the 11 pm news so I stayed up to watch it. A local Denny's, about 10 minutes from my house, ACTUALLY TOLD A BREASTFEEDING mom that if she wanted to nurse her son that she had to LEAVE the restaurant. UH HUH!!! YES THEY DID!!!!

Here's what the news story said.

Breastfeeding Debate

An Asheville woman says she was asked to cover up or leave a local Denny's restaurant while breastfeeding her son, Sunday afternoon.

Crystal Everitt says an employee approached her at her table.

"She said you can stay if you're not going to breastfeed your child anymore, but if you're going to breastfeed your child, you need to leave," said Everitt. "And of course he still needed to eat, so I had to leave."

Asheville Police were called, but since baring a woman's breast is not illegal in North Carolina, no report was taken.

Everitt calls it discrimination.

"It's incidents like these that keep women from breastfeeding or feeding for more than a couple of months because of the peer pressure to stay at home," she said.

Managers at the Denny's referred News 13 to corporate headquarters. They did not return our call.


So Denny's get the CARDBOARD COOKIE AWARD. Dumb asses! Sorry. I AM ALL FOR BREASTFEEDING!!! To actually tell a mom that. So, I want in on the breastfeeding sit in at Denny's. I'll gladly whip the girls out for Baby M to nurse!!!! Who's with me????

As you can tell I have a very full plate of emotions today. I am off to drink more coffee. Any advice or encouraging words would be lovely.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Something I was told and something I overheard.

Something I was told by my Hormonal Teenager last night.

"Miss, trying to plan a night for sex on your blog!"


Me: "Yes, other moms can relate to ME! Good night H."


Something I overheard while in bed.


Lil O: "Good night daddy."

Daddy: "Good night sweetheart."

Lil O: "Sweet dreams."

Daddy: "Sweet dreams to you too."

Lil O: "You can dream about mommy."

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I squeezed myself into size 10 pants just for today!

~sipping coffee in my new WYFF 4 mug~

I worked on my line all the way to Greenville in hopes that it would have been the answer to the first question asked. HA HA!!

Here's what I had.

As a mother of four children ranging in age from a teenager to an infant I deal with a lot of things that mothers can relate to. Hormonal teenager behavior. Potty training. Taking a pacifier away. Trying to save money with a bigger family. I tell funny stories and give helpful advice. I find the Internet to be a great place to express myself.

I even had a joke worked out if asked, "Did you face anything challenging this week?"

Why yes. Trying to decide on something to wear today. I was going to wear my usual dress code, my pajamas but I didn't want you to lose any viewers. So instead I squeezed into these size 10 pants just for you.

I was trying to make early morning viewers get a giggle.

I didn't get to say my line exactly how I had played it in my head because she didn't ask that question first thing. It's okay though because I got it all in there I think. I wasn't all that nervous which I find odd. I was pretty calm.

I don't have the video up to show you just yet. Hopefully it will be on Sound Off South around Tuesday.

Okay, must go. Baby M is being real clingy today. That's what getting up at 5:20 am will do to ya.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Flight of the Conchords

We have been catching up on an HBO series called Flight of the Conchords. HILARIOUS!!!!!!! At first I wasn't to sure if I liked them. I was flip flopping around. At first I thought Bret was cute then I thought Jemaine was cuter then back to Bret. It's still up in the air. Perhaps that was why I was fascinated by them. I doubt it because sometimes they do something that you laugh about!

Below is one of their songs. It is a bit naughty so you probably don't want children around. (or to open at work)



HA HA HA!!! Aren't they addictive? I think it would be totally cool if I could get them to write me a song. A theme song for The Adventures of Supermom. I could only imagine how wild it would get! I wonder if I emailed them enough they would write something for me. I can dream! Right?

I am glad we watched them last night because it changed my mood. I woke up at 6 yesterday with Baby M and knew instantly I was in a bad place. When you deal with anxiety and depression you never know when one of those days will pop up on you. Well, yesterday was my day. I even raised my voice at Lil O. Granted, she did hit me causing my outburst. I am limiting her TV time and I was bargaining with her the 3 shows that she could watch for the day. She had picked Max & Ruby, Olivia and Dora. I was writing them on the board so she could see the 3 shows and mark them off as she watched them showing her that her TV time was over. With Lil O if things are written down she understands them more. Even though she cannot read. I will read them to her and she understands and does what's expected. Weird huh? So anyway I was writing them down and she started to push me and then hit me. I am still not sure why she was acting that way. She told me the shows and I was just writing them down. I totally lost my cool. Even the best of us can do that. I had terrible guilt about it all damn day. I even stayed in my pj's all day. I finally took a quick bath at 4ish with Baby M waiting patiently beside the tub.

~shrug~ It's all okay now. We made up and snuggled on the couch.

Tomorrow is my big day. I already talked to the nice woman that will interview me. She called and we chatted the other day. I have been organizing my thoughts and preparing myself for how I may answer things. I'd like to say a big THANK YOU for all the encouraging words you have sent me. Tivo's have been set. VHS tapes have been set. I have my grandmother and two great aunts that have their alarms set so they can get up to see in the morning. They didn't even know I was a blogger and doing The Adventures of Supermom. SURPRISE!!! HA HA!

Today is my MIL's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! She is a swell woman and I am so happy to have her in my life. She has taught me a few things!!!!! We are going to spend time with her this afternoon. Then I am going to come home and pick out what to wear in the morning. Decisions decisions.

I hope that my awesome readers have a wonderful weekend! I'll be sure to blog about my interview when I get home tomorrow. And honor all autograph requests. :-)



Friday, February 6, 2009

Does potty training have you frustrated?

It does this mom!!! She "Asked Supermom" yesterday and I gave her my opinion. If any of my readers has another suggestion please comment below!!!

The Question:
Lori said...

I need some help potty training my 3 1/2 year old son! It's been six weeks and he still CHOOSES to pee in his pants (he wears underwear). The Ped told me to let him go on his own, no reminders, and the discomfort and interruption of having to stop what he is doing to go and change will inspire him to go to the potty. So far it's not working...any advice?

February 5, 2009 8:48 PM

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Lori-
Ohhh goodie!! Potty training! How fun!!!! My son was the hardest to train I am afraid to admit.

I disagree with your doc. IMPO a child needs to me reminded. EVEN BRIBED!!!! Keep a potty where he plays the most. After he drinks remind him to potty. If he uses the big potty, throw some cheerios in it. Give him a stool and let him aim for them. Sounds silly but at this point you want to get him interested even if he thinks it's a game.

I bought a bag of M & M's and kept them in sight where the potty was. If you pee pee in the potty you get 3 M & M's and for a poop you get 6! Does he want a new toy? Buy it. Put it in the bathroom. If he uses the potty every day for such and such time he can get the toy. I am all for bribing!!!!!

I know it's frustrating. I am sorry. I promise you that he won't be doing this by the time he starts school. :)

Lovea Bedhead



I know the color is off but I took this with my Blackberry at 6:05 am this morning. I have had a few questions about my hair. Have you cut it? Are you still growing it? Well, I am still growing it. I am going to let 2009 be the year of hair for me.

My husband has always been a fan of my bedhead. That's how Lovea Bedhead came to be. It's my Bond Girl name. We are huge Bond fans and our first date was even a Bond movie. Since I have short hair I can have some unique bedhead.
Hence Lovea Bedhead.

A menu was made and now I have to grocery shop. Superdad said to wait until tomorrow when the weather was warmer and he'd go help. I love that man! :)

Here's what I have so far:

Chicken Stroganoff
BBQ Roast
Veggie Night
Shepherd's Pie
Quiche

Then I am going to buy a rotisserie chicken to use it for 3 lunch things. Slice some, make chicken salad with some and then use the rest for soup. That's what Mrs F does! It's an awesome idea! She really is a rock star!!!

I am trying to decide on what to wear for my interview on Sunday. I always wear grey and black. I am comfortable in those colors. Superdad told me that those colors do NOTHING for me. He wants me to wear this green sweater that I have. I want to wear my grey sweater! Opinions???????? He also said I should wear Baby M in the wrap for the interview. He said this after I carried her around this morning in it. LOL She is sick and wants me to hold her all day.
I guess a Supermom does multitask a lot. Hmmmmm....

Okay, I am off to answer the Supermom question that was asked yesterday!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ask Supermom

Ask Supermom Icon

I'm in the mood to give advice solicited or even unsolicited.

Come on! I just had nice company with Mrs F. A cup of coffee. Ask away!

Supermom coming to a TV near you on Sunday!

Sooooo, I think I am ready for my close-up.

Supermom Comes to WYFF4

by Justin Antoniotti on February 4, 2009

Raising four children is no job for mortals. It takes a Supermom. Local blogger and creator of The Adventures of Supermom shares the daily highs and lows of raising a newborn, toddler, 10-year-old son, and teenage daughter. Supermom will talk to WYFF News 4’s Kelly Coakley live Sunday, February 8 at 7AM on WYFF TV4.

In a new post Supermom shares a letter she wrote to Baby M, her nine and a half month old daughter:

I am so proud of your accomplishments so far!!! WALKING!!! TALKING!!! DANCING!! You are such a copy cat. The other day I had a tickle in my throat and kept clearing it. You cleared your throat for DAYS copying me.

I enjoy when you follow me all through the house.

I enjoy when you stand by the bathtub patiently waiting for me to get out.

I enjoy watching you try different foods. You have SIX teeth!!!!

I love it when you give me a slobber kiss.

To read the entire letter CLICK HERE and don’t forget to tune in Sunday, February 8 at 7AM on WYFF TV4.

My baby's first snow angel!!!!

As you know we had a dusting of snow yesterday. It closed the school and such. Lil O waited patiently all day to hit the snowy slopes to make her snow angel. Her very first snow angel ever!!!!
I got her bundled up and ready to head out with Superdad. Look at her masterpiece!!!!!

Picnik collage 4

She was out maybe a full 15 minutes but had the best time of her life!!!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A love letter for Baby M.

Dear Baby M,

I was sitting on the couch today just watching you play. I had to hold back my tears just watching you. I often find myself just staring at you. Thinking that you came from part of me. I find it hard to believe that you are 9 1/2 months old. It seems just like yesterday that I ran into the living room in my granny gown to tell your daddy about the test being +. I was wearing that silly blue granny gown just in case you ever see me in it.

I still remember seeing you on the 3D ultrasound. Thinking, "That's my Girl!". I know that Superdad and B2 probably wanted a boy BUT let me tell you that they were so thrilled you were a girl. Girls can wrap their daddy around their pinky just like that. Little sisters adore their brothers. I am sure you will find that B2 does no wrong in your eyes.

I am so proud of your accomplishments so far!!! WALKING!!! TALKING!!! DANCING!! You are such a copy cat. The other day I had a tickle in my throat and kept clearing it. You cleared your throat for DAYS copying me.

I love seeing your beautiful cowlick. We noticed it right when you were born. I know you will probably hate it when you get older! I love it though.

I enjoy watching you show off when we have company.

I enjoy when you follow me all through the house.

I enjoy when you stand by the bathtub patiently waiting for me to get out.

I enjoy watching you try different foods. You have SIX teeth!!!!

I love it when you give me a slobber kiss.

I love snuggling up to you during the night as you sleep soundly between me and your daddy.

I love it when you crawl in my lap wanting me to nurse you. You Boobie Snacker you!

Please don't grow up so fast Baby M.

Just know your mommy is madly in love with you. I was even before I met you!

Love,
Your Mommy

A close up of your cowlick.
Cow Lick

In this picture you were at H's door trying to get her to open it for you.
Come on!

Here are you playing with your big sis Lil O. I know she may be mean to you but she loves you with her whole heart.
I'm going to get you!

I'm still not giving up my beer or blackberry.

~amused look here~ I really like that!! I'm not giving up my beer or blackberry. I couldn't come up with anymore song lyrics though. Maybe later.

I finally got some of that snow I asked for. No school today. This city shuts down with even a hint of snow. Thankfully there is about 1 1/2 inches out there. HA HA!! In all honesty I had hoped to wake up to snow melting because I had lunch plans today. I was going to make Mrs F lunch so we could hang out and enjoy the day. BUMMER!!! We had to get snow the day I actually made adult plans. ~sniffle~ I was going to make her my favorite tuna pasta lunch. No, it doesn't come from a box. I do it all myself. It's rather tasty!

Here recently I have been seeing some Facebook articles out there. Like "Facebook is high school all over again" and "Being friends with your old boyfriends on Facebook". I am sorry I cannot link you to the exact blogs. I cannot remember where I saw these. Comment me if these belong to you and I'll link you. :)

Well, I am here to say that Facebook is HIGH SCHOOL all over again. You are still "collecting" friends. Wondering if you will get that invite from the popular girl or the handsome jock. It's all out of curiosity that you befriend these people from your past. You want to see their picture. If they are married. If they have kids. If they left this SMALL town! Things like that.

Of course you are looking to see if your ex is on Facebook. All out of curiosity I tell you. You try to remember all the crushes you had. You may even get your yearbook out to start looking up people. I am not speaking from experience I assure you. HA HA!! Yeah right! I did do that. HA HA!

I looked a few people up. Some have a Facebook page and some don't. I even saw recent pictures of my husband's ex GF on here. ~amused laugh~

I thought about putting my 80's hair picture on Facebook. Remember this:

80's hair

Who would of thought that we'd have this much access to people all those years ago in high school? Maybe we would have been nicer to people then if we knew they'd hunt us down now.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DAMMIT WHERE'S THE SNOW?!?!?!?!

DAMMIT I live in the mountains and I think SNOW is a requirement!!!!!!

The sun is shining into the house!! Yes, it's odd I'd rather see dark skies with white flecks falling onto the ground. BUT I DO!!!!!!!

I am tired of getting my hopes up to have them SMASHED into the sunny sky of reality!!!!!

Anyway.....today is pick up day. That is sort of like pick up sticks. Make it happy, find it a home.

Yesterday I was actually out of the house so today is pick up and finish the laundry. UGH!!!

I even bought H her True Love Waits ring. It's simple and yet strikingly beautiful. Just click the picture to go to the designers website. There are several different choices.



Superdad is going to the grocery store to pick up bread, baby food and whatever else is on THE LIST!!!! Superdad will stick to the list because he is good like that. Right?

Sometimes I feel like a total bore just posting normal day to day routines here at the Superhero house. It's nice to post the mundane day to day stuff though. Makes me feel semi normal. HA HA!

I life without drama is a good life. :)

We are still compacting. Worrying about money. Coming up with a plan. I still REFUSE TO GIVE UP MY BEER AND MY BLACKBERRY. I'd rather do without cable TV than my BEER AND BLACKBERRY. That sounds like a new country song.

"I refuse to give up my beer and blackberry due to no funds in the bank. I know jobs are being cut and life is getting hard. Honey, please don't make me give up my beer and blackberry though. la la la... I promise to quit hunting and fishing. Well, I would if I actually did hunt or fish. How about give up my expensive cheese or Blue Diamond crackers? Please honey please, don't make me give up my beer and blackberry. Perhaps I could stop buying Corona Light and go for something cheaper? la la la...."

Do you ever wonder why I didn't comment back?

I have come to realize over the past few WEEKS that if your comment form looks like this:



Then I am UNABLE to leave you a comment. I guess Superdad has this computer on such a LOCKDOWN that it will not allow me to see the magic secret word.

So now you know.

Monday, February 2, 2009

STOP WIPING YOUR BOOGERS ON THE WALL!

I didn't have to ask WHAT IS THIS? I didn't have to ask WHO did it? I didn't have to ask WHY?

I simply said, "B2!!!!!!!!! Go get a wipe and wipe the BOOGERS OFF THE WALL!!!!!!!"

He didn't DENY it either! I don't care if it is YOUR room there better not be anything wiped on the wall. That is LAZINESS!!!!!!!!!! And GROSS!!!!!! And etc...

~shaking head~ Little boys sure can be entertainment!

I had the best day yesterday. My lil sis called out of the blue wanting to come over. We talked over coffee. I made lunch. We enjoyed the Eclair Cake that I had made. We talked some more. Then all the kids went outside. I was left to feed Baby M. We both fell asleep in the chair.

Ahhh, I really do have a nice life. :)

I will leave you with a few pictures. On Sunday I get up and make pancakes for my family. It's our tradition. Baby M is now able to enjoy it with us. She ate two baby pancakes!!!!

Pancake Eating 101

Pancake Eating 101

Pancake Eating 101

Pancake Eating 101

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine's Day on a budget!

I wrote this up for Kid Friendly Asheville and wanted to share it with you.

This craft lesson will be all about Valentine's Day. You don't have to spend a small fortune to let the people you love know you love them.

I was able to spend $20.00 for our family of 6 for Valentine's Day. This even includes Harry Potter Valentine's for my sons class. There are so many resources for free and cheap Valentine's.

I am going to show you how to make these awesome pop-up Valentine's cards. This is what I am working on for my family. Cards cost too much in the stores. So this year I opted to make my own.

I only spent 1.00 on these cards. That was to buy a pack of 36 red heart doilies. I already had the other supplies.

I used a thick scrap booking paper. I tore them in half.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards

Then I folded it in half. Then in the center of the fold you will need to make two cuts the same size. Open the card and then push the cut part into the card. Fold. Then open and it will look like this. That's your pop-up tab! COOL!!! Huh?

Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards

Then you can decorate. Make a silly picture or message for the pop-up. Then just glue it to ONE side of the pop-up tab.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards

See. The I love you tab will pop-up when you open the card.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards

Here I glued a red doily to the outside.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards

Then added my message to the pop-up tab.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards

I hope that you enjoy making these cards!!! They can be made to any size. Just use your imagination!

Here is a place you can go to get some free Valentine's. Just use a heavy paper to print them out. AWESOME!!!! Bookmark her site. She has all sorts of free downloads!!!

Don't forget your local 1.00 store. They are great for any holiday!! I bought heart napkins and a pack of heart cups to use on the day of love. I also found Valentine novelties, bagged candy and box candy for treats. They even offer boxed Valentine's your kids can give out at school. I found Harry Potter for my son and I Spy for my daughter. They had all sorts of "name brand" for only 1.00.

Happy Valentine's MAKING!!! Have another idea? Let me know!
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