Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Leap Frog Letter Factory REVIEW

As a mom of course I TRY my hardest to limit the amount and type of television my boys watch. However I do love learning DVD's and programs. So of course when I was introduced to the Letter Factory I was very excited to try it.

The Letter Factory teaches phonic as well as assisting in reinforcing the alphabet. My 23 month old and 3 year old are both familiar with their ABC's. My 3 year can say them all, however he does struggle with recognition. This DVD has most definetely kept my
 boys attention (which is something NOT common for my boys) and after just one day of seeing it my 3 year old has already began to sound out words using the sounds he learned in the DVD.

We are off to a great start, and will share more....

I was NOT paid or given this DVD to review, I received this DVD from a friend.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Meal Plan week of 2/23-3/02

This week I managed to plan, budget and coupon so well I HAD to share it. I was able to buy groceries for 3 meals a day feeding my family of 5 for only $56!! Now I'm sure your wondering what the heck are you eatting for that price; air-pies? LOL. Nope hearty and healthy meals... Organic veggies, Hormone free meats, things everyone in my household love. Check out our dinner meal plan below.

Weekly Meal Plan

Saturday: Burritos – using top round steaks which is a cheaper cut of meat.

Sunday: Veggie Lasagna- I make my sauce from scratch  in bulk and load the lasagna with the vegtables that are on sale that week at my local market.

Monday: Coconut Rice and Mango Shrimp- I had a half bag of fresh frozen shrimp from a meal I made last week, not enough for a full meal, so to stretch this I will add in snap peas, broccoli and bell peppers (veggies left over from the Veggie Lasagna)

Tuesday: Chilli Dogs and Homemade Fries- not only is this meal affordable but of course it's one of my boys favs.

Wednesday: Quesadilla- with chicken and kale

Thursday: Pasta- (again) home sauce, I might do a chicken parm, I haven't fully decided yet.

Friday: Homemade Pizza- by making my own dough I save. this is a fun family night idea, the boys get to add what they want, I might even have a calzone instead of pizza, and it's cheaper then 2 Large pizza even with a coupon.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pinwheel Lunch

I'm always struggling to come up with new ideas for lunch. Something both the boys and I will enjoy, that is outside the normal pb&j sandwiches that my 3 year old demands requests daily.

I stumbled across a pinterest post for pinwheel sandwiches- which I love from different parties and showers I've attended. I thought I'd give it a try, however the recipe called for pepperoni and oregano neither I had, so I chose to make my own variation which anyone can do too ! I found some with ham and cheese, bacon and cheddar, or pizza inspired.

I am glad to report the boys and my picky eater husband all enjoyed the pinwheels and scarfed them down. Check out my recipe below and let me know if you try another combination.

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)
1/4 cup prosciutto, finely chopped
1/4 cup salami, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon prepared pesto sauce
1/4 teaspoon mayo
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 
First hoven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix cheese, prosciutto, salami, pesto, mayo and parsley. 

Next if using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; firmly press perforations to seal.

Then spread with mixture. Roll up the dough, pinch edges to seal. Cut each roll into 6-8 slices (should resemble a pinwheel). Place, cut side down, 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Beginings

As my family and I start our new year we are excited to say we are growing by one more! I am due July 23, however because I've had two prior c-sections I will go a week or two before my due date.

This pregnancy has been a difficult one thus far, I have acute morning sickness; I have lost 7 pounds and I am on anti-nausea medication as well as heartburn medication. At this point I am playing the waiting game, hoping with lots of prayer things will get better and this draining sickness will pass.

My poor boys have never watched so much television and lived in such a disorganized house. My husband has really stepped up domestically, which has shocked me.... however he has definitely expressed his desire for his "healthy" wife back (I know and you know that's his way of complaining). With that said this pregnancy has taught me to ask for help, and relax a bit with the rigorous schedule and lifestyle I set for my boys... however I know with my personality being what it is it will go back to the way things were sooner then later.

I plan to post more often this year about my pregnancy and our family. I wish everyone the best year, full of happiness, good health, and lots of love.

Friday, November 23, 2012

I Fell Victim...

I have always sworn off The Black Friday Madness! I have never felt the deals were good enough to stay up all night, wake up early, stand forever, or fight the crowds. However this year as a mother almost 3 (we're expecting a third next year), having guardianship of my nephew, and budgeting with ONE income I felt I should give it a try.... 

Instead of saving money I got a headache, lack or rest, and blew the budget. I bought items I know my boys don't need, but because it was a "bargain". I now feel remorseful, and somewhat unholy... if that makes sense. It's like every year I'm trying more and more to hold onto the meaning of Christmas. I do realize my boys are small, and I don't want to take away from them the excitement of Christmas morning.

So with that said I am adopting a gift giving philosophy (and making returns MONDAY!). Our Gift Giving Philosophy is based on something I heard last weekend from this amazing woman I had the best conversation with and it goes like this:
  • something they WANT
  • something they NEED
  • something to WEAR
  • something to READ 
I hope you all find a gift giving philosophy that works for you, and I hope you enjoy the holiday season, creating memories with the ones who melt your heart.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Everyday Moments

As my life continues to change and we develop a more simple approach as opposed to tackling what used to be chaos, my boys and I have redeveloped a love outdoors. We always enjoyed our time playing in the yard or the occasional hike, however we have most recently made it an effort to simply play outside. 

Earlier this week went on a hike to a local castle, thrilled that I had dressed them extra nice (we visited daddy at work for lunch), and camera in tow I figured I'd attempt to get a few holiday poses.

I didn't get the best images, but I must admit my photography class, and membership to clickin moms is definitely paying off!! I have also found a wonderful way to get insirpation from other moms lookin to enjoy the simply memories of their children by following along with a blog circle. The way it works is we all link another mom, and meet back full circle.

Please check out some of the amazing lives, and work of these women; click here to join the circle!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall Funtime Ideas- Painting Pumpkins

One of my favorite activities to do with my boys is painting! Fingerpaint, pudding paint, traditional (using a brush that is), you think of it we paint it or with it. Last summer we painted with Blueberries!

Painting is art, art instills so much in young little minds. It helps with building confidence, gets their little brains ticking with creative thoughts, imagining some of the most elaborate scenes you would never think your toddlers could come up with. My 2 1/2 year old told me while painting his pumpkin he was making legs so it could pick up the princess; we had recently watched Cinderella and the carriage is actually a pumpkin.

Painting is also easier for smaller toddlers as opposed to coloring with markers or crayons (I would like to mention ALWAYS keep an eye on your babies when doing any type of arts and crafts)

And remember when they are finished with their art