Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Think Therefore I Am: SUPER!!

Sorry I didn't get to post yesterday, I'm actually recovering from a virus- I self-diagnosed the flu (take a few course towards Nursing and I'm suddenly a MD! go figure lol)... After laying in bed for a day I got so anxious I felt like a ton of bricks fell on top of me. People joke that I’m a Super Mom; I stay home with my two UNDER TWO! I sell Pampered Chef part time, I’m in school for Nursing, I cook dinner 5-6 nights a week… all FRESH, no frozen meals, my house is ALWAYS clean, and I’m finding time to work out lately! *I’m tired just thinking about all that! Hehe. Super mom is a bit of a stretch, I'm a mom who averages 5 hours of sleep (on a good night) to get everything accomplished, but hey, I'm sure there are plenty of "us" out there. Where do I get the energy? lol. A 18 month old + But B12 Vitamins are my secrets (shhh! Don't tell anyone). But in all seriousness I’m a control freak & OVER achiever! I’m not normal… 5 days after having my second c-section was cooking and cleaning! Haha. But it’s me, and not everyone is like me, but in your own right you’re still a super mom. =) Just think it, and harmonize it “I will be SUPER…. I will be SUPER… I WILL BE SUPERRRRR”…. XOXO

Friday, June 24, 2011

Tot In Training.... School Aye?

I recently stumbled upon a site that is going to be a great assist over the course of the next couple of years to better prepare AJ, Liam and Allen and I for their journey toward school. Education is SUPER important Allen and I. And we want it to be enjoyable. Finding great ways to incorporate a schedule, routines, and/or activities that are educational is my new mission!! I'm ALWAYS a woman on a mission. lol. Well this concept called Tot School is my new reference. Check it out, I hope it works for you.
Tot School

Thursday, June 23, 2011

And Again With My Sweet Tooth

So my awful sweet tooth has struck again! UGH! Well my dread is your gain; in a delightfully easy and tasty recipe.

Please excuse the poor quality of the photo, my camera was dead so I took in on Allen’s iphone. Also I used a rather large trifle bowl. I MUST invest in a smaller one, maybe if I host another Pampered Chef party this month I can afford another one. Lol.


Ingredients:

1 pkg (18-21 oz) fudge brownie mix (plus ingredients to make brownies)
1 container (16 oz) Lite whipped topping
1 Nestle bag of chunks of chocolate
1/2-1 cup coffee liqueur divided
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp instant coffee granules
2 pkg (8 oz each) low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 pkg (3.3 oz) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling

Directions:


1. Preheat oven to according the Brownie package. Line Large Sheet Pan with a 20-in. piece of Parchment Paper; set aside. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Pour batter into pan; bake as directed or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove brownie from pan to Cooling Rack.

2. Meanwhile, For filling, combine 1/2 cup coffee liqueur, water and instant coffee, stir until dissolved. In Mixing Bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add coffee mixture to cream cheese; whisk until smooth. Add pudding mix to cream cheese mixture; whisk until mixture begins to thicken. Fold in whipped topping and chocolate chunks, set aside.

3. Cut brownie into 1-in. cubes . If desired, using Basting Brush, brush brownie cubes with additional 1/2 cup coffee liqueur.

4. To assemble trifle, place one-third of the brownie cubes into Trifle Bowl. Layer one-third of the filling evenly over brownies. Repeat layers two more times. decorate with whipped topping. sprinkle some of the chocolate over whipped topping.

Yield: 20 servings

Nutrients per serving: (about 1/2 cup): Calories 390, Total Fat 25 g, Saturated Fat 11 g, Cholesterol 45 mg, Carbohydrate 36 g, Protein 4 g, Sodium 190 mg, Fiber 1 g

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Picky Eater, Aye?

For my son that is becoming more and more of a picky eater I'm becoming more and more crafty! With one bag of baby carrots, ground beef, and seasoning I made sure AJ got his recommended daily dose of veggies. I chopped up about 1 1/2 servings of carrots (15 baby carrots) and "hide" it inside of his hamburger (before cooking)- GENIUS! I know. lol. It worked he devoured it, of course because it's meat, and that's all he wants. Darn carnivore!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

C is for cookie, and that's NOT enough for me!!!

So this has gotten out of control! My cravings since having Liam have heightened! Instead of returning to my normal eating habits I crave cookies, brownies, cakes, and candy!!! I've never been this bad with sweets. Perhaps it's because I'm nursing? I just know I dind't eat this bad when I was pregnant... What is going on with my body?!? I did read somewhere that breastfed babies need chocolate? Maybe my body knows what's it's doing??? OMG! If not I'm going to need serious help.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Date Nights Are Like Water

Date Nights are like water….. You need them to survive

Allen and I finally made it out for a date night, we saw Hangover 2… I remember when movies like this were so relate-able at times. =) Now I watch these movies thinking “REALLY?! You have to be kidding me!”. Any who it was nice to have a break, although I missed my boys like CRAZY! It was refreshing to have the opportunity to miss them.
Because I practice attachment parenting I had my mother and grandmother stay with the boys, my mother wore Liam in his Moby Wrap and he was perfectly fine… That of course helped me to feel better, and I was able to enjoy the movie a little more knowing he would be comfortable, and feel “safe”. We went to a theater so close we walked… this also left me at ease in case we would need to leave so I could nurse.

Over all I think this was a good first night out since being the parents of two as a movie forced us to relax and not just talk about the kids the entire night (LOL). YAY to Date night, I’m looking forward to the next one.


While watching the movie I did have a yummy drink which inspired me... I know what I will be making my next MNO (whose coming??)


Simply the Best Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
champagne or sparkling wine

Wash and hull the strawberries. Put all the strawberries, except one, in a blender. Add vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar, and puree. Pour into a champagne flute half-way (more or less to taste). Top with champagne or sparkling wine, and stir gently. Slide the remaining strawberry onto edge of the glass.

Monday, June 13, 2011

$34.00- Say what?!?!


Yes that's right! This trip took place on 6/11. I got things from CVS, Stop and Shop, and Target, and I spent just over 34.00 out of pocket!!! With coupons, Specials, ECB, And gift cards from purchasing certain products and brands! Awesome right?! I'm getting the hang of couponing!!

CVS!!! Clipping pays off


I spent about 30 minutes clipping this past week, and already it has paid off. I got this for $13.oo total. The diapers alone and the small pack of wipes total 13.00 bucks! YAY Go me!! =)