Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blueberry & Raspberry Cobbler

So funny story behind this recipe- I had this amazing apple cobbler a few months back, it was perfection in my mouth! I asked for the recipe, but was shot down and told it was a secret family recipe... That stinks- Here I am 9 months pregnant and CRAVING IT! Oh well, I went on a journey to find this "family secret", and wallah! I came SUPER close!! My recipes are NOT secret, I share with everyone =) (LOL)


For the fruit
1 pint of raspberries, rinsed and dried
1 pint blueberries, rinsed and dried
2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
One roll of sugar cookie dough
*I also sprinkled about 2 tablespoons of wheat germ in the fruit mixture.



Preheat oven to 350°F.Toss raspberries with blueberries, sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt in a ovenproof dish.


Crumble cookie dough over fruit, covering thickly and completely. Bake uncovered until cookie crust is golden and crisp, and juices bubble thickly, about 45 minutes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mothering Mindset of a 35 Year Old???

Today has been a post worthy day. With a great conversation I had with my cousin, I have come to the realization that I am NOT your typical 25 year old mother and wife. I was also convinced that when others refer to my age, and point out the obvious (YES I am YOUNG!, it is meant in no way offensive, they are shocked to see me doing what I do with my boys, and practicing the parenting techniques I swear by.

I guess the difference between me and most women my age is I chose this! My son was wanted and planned. my husband is not some guy I met then got knocked up by, but he's my best friend of almost 10 years. I put my wants and desire on the back burner for motherhood..... I am a mother first, everything else follows. =) I make scarifies to raise my children myself, and instill the morals in them that have made me the person I am today..... well we tweak some of them, because I can be somewhat of a diva! (LOL)

Well with that said I am not one to leave my children easily... I struggle with not feeling guilty for wanting a night out with my husband alone. So when I see women who aren't dying to be with their children ALL THE TIME, I am confused. Call me judgmental, say what you want. I simply feel like when babies are as young as mine they need me more then I need a break... But don't get me wrong I DOOOOOOO need a break from time to time (and that's normal), but that is what "Daddy time" is for, or being spoiled rotten by their grandparents =) I just can't relate to a woman leaving their children for any other reason besides 1. Needing to provide their children with financial stability (ie work or school) 2. Maintaining a healthy relationship with your spouse. 3. Needing a break occasionally, but really, all the time is not cool in my book... Then again I am a mother first and everything else follows.

$12 for $100 Gift Certificates!!!!

Restaurants.com is having their (what I think is a) semi annual sale!!! Use code: SAVE and get 80% of their already discounted certificates.

I got $25.00 GC for T he Melting Pot in Boston, Odyssey Cruise, Spirit Cruise, and Blue Finn (in Haverhill)for $12.00 TOTAL! So yay to having something to motivate Allen and I to get out of the house ALONE =)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FREEEE Time In The Summer Time

So I finally have a free moment- Well I'm taking a break for doing some homework, and BOTH... YES BOTH babies are sleeping (go me!).

I have been sooo busy lately, busy enjoy every second of life that is. We went to Newburyport, Allen and AJ walked around the riverfront looking at boats, while Liam and I laid on the grass enjoying a good read. We have also enjoyed some family time at cookouts, The beach, Blueberry picking, AND my house is finally clean again! lol.

I have been enjoying summer and my family so much, and attempting to relax a bit, it feels good. Last night I had my brother-in-law and his girlfriend over... who btw is super adorable <3 her.... I made Chicken Marsala which was super easy and super yummy!!!!! Check it out below, and enjoy.

Ingredients

* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded 1/4 inch thick
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 cup sliced mushrooms
* 1/2 cup Marsala wine
* 1/4 cup cooking sherry

Directions

1. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
2. In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 448 | Total Fat: 26.6g | Cholesterol: 99mg

Friday, July 15, 2011

Freestuff- Say What?!

Free beechnut toddler kit just for signing up to their newsletter.

Free Purex detergent sample & coupon

Free Tub-O-Paper towel sample

Day ....I lost track.... of not wanting to sleep in his crib

I've honestly lost count on which day we're on, but AJ is refusing to go down naps and bedtime in his crib... He was hasn't done this in months.

I've been doing MAJOR research, the few things I'm coming up with is that 1. He could have mentally outgrown the crib, and be ready for the big boy bed. 2. Around 18 months (AJ is 19 months) children go through separation anxiety. 3. His MOLARS could be coming in! I know those big fat painful teeth are coming in, however they've been coming in for forever now... I'm over blaming the teeth, it has to be something more????

Is/Has anyone experienced this? HELP!


***UPDATE***
After about 10 minutes of crying (off and on) he is sleeping, in his crib!!! Let's pray he stays there. Perhaps Allen and I simply need to stick to our guns, and not give in to taking him out, and putting him in our bed?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

High Strung? NO I'm a MOTHER!

So Allen comes home this evening from his class, and gives me this test to take.. He explained that it has to do with stress levels, and he scored a 32… LOL! Allen + stress = nonexistent, he’s so easy going I HATE HIM!

So I start taking the test, and half way through I already have a 30! LOL! Should I even bother to continue?? About 10 questions later I have a 62! I am high-strung and at risk for cardiac arrest! *Geez* I just thought I was an over achiever… In all reality I'm a mother, we're up before everyone, and sleep way after. I'm a busy bee, who never has free hands because idle hands lead to mountains of work. Anywho like I explained to Allen, I work hard and play hard, I get “my time” in.. I make sure to workout (lately), I get primped. When I am getting a bi weekly pedi, and weekly mani I AM enjoying EVERY second! Yesterday I spent 3 hours in the hair salon (I went back to my extension) and let me tell you I missed my boys, but for the 1st time I didn’t call home ONCE!

So just because I’m high-strung (for now) I make sure to attempt to balance…… As much as possible, and when my budget allows it.

But here's some tips I use to help with my stress levels *Atleast I thought this was helping**

1. Sync your calendars- There are SOOO many times I am on the computer entering things into my Google calendar, then I'm on the go entering things into my blackberry, not having corresponding calendars could cause a mess, and be time consuming to fix!

2. Nap time is YOUR TIME!- Take a break, read a book- I need to follow this rule... some days I do divide up naptime, half goes to productive activities, the other half to REST!

3. Get in the habit of cleaning- Every room you enter FIX something, every room you leave take something! Never leave a room with empty hands, there is always something that needs to be put in it's place, or straightened.

4. Finally lose the guilt and the stress if things are perfect- I'm STILL WORKING on this.

Monday, July 11, 2011

NAPTIME IS MY TIME!

....So why doesn't my son (the 19 month old) get that... Today he is screaming at the top of lungs whenever we go near his crib. He NEVER does this *atleast not for a nap*, maybe because Daddy overly wore him out playing outside for like 3 hours? Either way this is bound to be a LONG day with no nap... Any ideas on what to do when your toddler or baby for that matter WON'T NAP! I hope this isn't the start to no naps. I have never established a naptime routine, maybe I should? Thoughts/suggestions/inputs needed?

***UPDATE****
Allen is rocking him in the chair, GUESS WHAT?!?! He's falling asleep- I think... LOL. We shall see.

****SECOND UPDATE***
AJ is NOW awake, and Daddy's defeated!!! Darn it! now what? Let him run around, and MAYBE he'll pass out on the floor somewhere?? LOL

Sunday, July 10, 2011

AWESOME DEAL of the day!!!

Brooke Conard is offering 1 hour sessions for local (Haverhill area) residents only $20.00 !!!!!! Tell me that isn't a price you can't beat! I booked two sessions! lol. I need headshots since I've started doing promo gigs again! AND I want a beautiful LARGE family photo for our living room! I can't wait, I'll post the pictures as soon as I get them =)

Make sure you tell her you heard about her through Jazmine @ Young Married, and FAB! =)

My Smiles Come From My Boys

Just wanted to share a very special moment in my life....

As I look down at my precious almost 3 month old baby boy I smiled thinking about how I was just carrying him in my womb, enjoying every little kick, and tumble he did in my belly! He's absolutely perfect! I look to my right and my super active, very bright 19 month old smiles at me holding his little brother, and my heart MELTS! Oh the joys of this moment! I cherish very second, and THANK GOD EVERY DAY for my family!



Photo by Tracy Phillips

Walgreens trip 7/10

Just paid $17.50 for $48.79 worth of products I will, and do use!!

I got the following:
2 Hylands teething gels
2 packages of Evenflow nursing pads
2 2-pack GUM toothbrush
2 Noxzema razors
2 Clorox Clean-up sprays
2 Comet Cleaner
1 Hershey’s Bar
1 Resses Candy Bar
1 pack of 20 plastic cups
2 boxes of Splenda



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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Free Shout Wipe and GO!

I LOVE Free! =) So why not share my love of not spending money on things I DON'T really want to with you. Get a FREE Sample of Shout Wipe and Go! Click here for more information!

For Mommies with teething babies!

Enjoy this $1.00/1 OFF Hylands teething gel!! Get it this week for FREE @ Walgreens, plus make a 1.00! That's RIGHT FREE AND MAKE MONEY! =)

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Day From HEAVEN

So yesterday Allen and I loaded up the boys dropped them off to their Abuela's, and we spent the morning and afternoon together as a couple!!! It was wonderful. We got massages, had lunch at Bertuccis, and did some shopping in downtown Andover. Allen let me go from store to store trying on cloths, giving me suggestions, and allowing me to patiently look. It was so much fun! At one point I joked with Allen, asking if he was having fun. He smiled, and said "I'm having fun, take your time, you don't get many moment's like this". I think I fell in love with him all over again! Not only did he acknowledge that I live my selfless life around my boys, but that he DID appreciate it!

I don't know if men really understand what simple appreciation does for us women, some days I don't want to hear I'm pretty, sexy, smart or an amazing cook (Although I know I am all thee above LOL), I want to hear that I'm valued.

On a side note I found THE CUTEST boutique new to the area- Bobbles and Lace, Not only is there stuff super cute affordable, and comfy, but the owner's MIL was sooooo nice!!! I know where my extra money will be going to! hehe =)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Deals of the day

Free sample of EmergenC- Although in the summer months colds are few and far between, get your free sample and save it for the lovely New England Winter months.
Get your FREE Sample HERE

BOGO Smoothies @ MacDonald- This is a awesome treat for the warm weather we're having!! Download your coupon, print and ENJOY =) Click this link