Archives for October 2012

DIY Bathroom Tips for Little People

I have 2 recently potty trained girls {4 and 2.5} and a 21-month-old running right behind them! Life is hectic and I feel like I can easily drop balls all over the place if I'm not creative.

One of the most recent biggest struggles with my girls being potty trained {and them taking themselves- HAA-lleluiah} is getting them to complete all the steps of using the restroom. Elmo's Potty Time anyone?

I am constantly reminding them to wash their hands. I can often be heard hollering through the house, "Did you flush? Wash your hands!" If and when they do complete these last two steps, THIS is what I find:

Yep! That's a yellow colored counter top and sink. I know....

I'm over at Sidetracked Sarah's today sharing some tips that will hopefully help your littles with their independent hand-washing while keeping them from making more messes for you busy mommies to clean up in your spare time!

NOTE: not built for all sinks ;o)

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I have exciting news! I am now a VA {virtual assistant} of sorts! hehe I'm not really sure what I'm doing but I've recently been given the opportunity to assist a cool business/ministry, Above All Else, with their online needs. So far I've been able to help create a new site for them, post tons of stuff via social media on their behalf along with lot of other fun stuff I'm learning that's way out of my league. We will be launching the new site, this Thursday, November 1st!

You can totally learn more about Brandi Shinn on her blog HERE. This blog will carry over to the new site along with lots of other aspect. You can also participate in the giveaways we're hosting over the days leading up to the launch HERE.

This is consuming lots of time right now and this week I also need to catch up on preschool work with my girls, take them on a HIPPY preschool field trip, as well as prep my entire closet full of items to sell at the consignment event, Duck Duck Goose going on here in Pine Bluff this week. Did I mention I'm working at said event 4 days AND that my 4-year-old is having a difficult time adjusting to daddy's new work schedule and is begging for more attention through giant temper-tantrums, pooping herself, and making lots of other bad choices?!? Yeah. This week my time and energy needs to be focused else where.

Jut wanted to let you all know I'll be taking a short hiatus this week and possibly next week depending on how this week goes. Thanks for your understanding! Poke around some old stories if you'd like. Maybe I'll tweet some stuff from the archives every once in a while??

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Fall Decor turned Science Project {Thoughtful Thursday}

So some of you may have the wrong impression and think I'm a great cook or DIYer. Just wanted to put this out there along with my facade I publish here every week on Thoughtful Thursdays:

"Acorns in a Vase"

Simple. Cute. Free!

We gathered acorns after a fun family picnic outing and brought them home for a cute fall DIY decorations.

The girls were very proud that they'd help 'make' this fun display on our dinning room table...until a week later! No, they were still very proud of, not to much. I was discussed as my girl examined their creatures they had accidentally carted home in their acorn.

THIS great post taught me that you should dry out the acorns in the sun, then Wash them, and Bake them to kill all the living stuff in them. DUH! Read this dudes article for more details.

I sure felt like a goob as I made my hubs dis-guard the nastiness that was my fall decor...

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Am I Asking the WRONG Question?

With Matt leaving before the kids and I are awake these days I've had sto switch things up a bit. When I hear the first child screaming and kicking the wall from his crib stirring with little coos I fall back to sleep get up and run down stairs to heat up some frozen waffles and grab mild cups. When I climb back to my room I flip on the TV and the fancy dancy bunny ears for a little PBS action {score!} then go grab the munchin. When he's in place with the always-preached-against-TV-babysitter I start the shower. My girls trickle in and have become accustom to mom's new routine and actually kinda like it because it involves cartoons. Some days when I'm done grooming myself I fight at least one child to finish their waffle.

This is how this morning went. Except today, before my hair was even dry, Izzie came to me in the bathroom and ask if I had any more waffles. "Awe, no I don't have any more up here. Did you already eat all of yours?" She said yes, and after I completed a quick search of the prisms including the inside of my hub's guitar, I went down stairs and made her another waffle. While I was waiting for that lil toaster op I decided today I should eat some breakfast myself. Filling a cup with off-brand apples jacks with the toasted waffle in hand, I returned to my bedroom. When I gave Izzie her waffle Jamin immediately began begging/whining for one. "I'm starving my children." I thought to myself and then handed him some of my apple jacks.


All three kids ran to me with a vengeance. With a big sigh I handed Jamin a few more and Maggie a hand full but ask Izzie to eat the waffle she ask for first. Mags knowing this was my only breakfast yet still dissatisfied with her few cereal pieces ask, "Mamma, can I have a cup of cereal of my own when we go downstairs?" Heart= melted.

A few minutes later I handed her the cup and told her to share with her siblings. I heard Maggie explain to Izzie, "You have to finish that waffle first. Then I have some for you." That is our mantra. You ask for something, you need to eat it, not waist it. Eventually I ask her to finish at least 1/2 the waffle so she too could have the amazing orange and green goodness her siblings ere feasting on. She finished the entire thing and Mags had saved her a giant pile all her own. {they really do love each other- swoon}

This got me thinking. My poor Iz the biz wasn't getting to feast on what she really wanted but it was basically because she ask the wrong question. She didn't know what options there were for her to choose from. She didn't know there was a better option. Not saying waffles are chop liver {I sure wouldn't have turn one down when I was kid} but she and I both know she likes cereal better. She thought another waffle was the option for her still longing tummy.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11

I'm a slacker , evil according to Matthew 7:11, and didn't even think to offer her apple jacks and I say I love her?!? This whole, "Be careful what you ask for." I believe is a TERRIBLE thought process when it comes to Christ. Humans like me, maybe. I'm just dull enough to grab my kid a waffle when I knew she would be blessed even more by a cup of apple jacks. I know her! Awe, but how much more does our Father in heaven love us and give good gifts!?! How often do I think I know what will fill my growling tummy? How many times do I ask for specific things of God yet he doesn't give me what I've ask for because is smarter than me {duh} and God doesn't give me what I know to be good but gives me what He is BEST!?!

Asking God for what we think is the right solution to a problem is just scratching the surface of what He has in mind for how he wants and is able to bless me with. We ask for the basics. The bland. The mediocre. The selfish. By asking "Please fix everything." we're basically saying, "Can you make my days easy so I don't have to depend on you all the time? Yeah, thanks for that..." I'm thinking that asking for His will to be done in a situation might be is the wiser prayer.

In Luke 22:42, JESUS says, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Jesus knew we were doobers and that's why he talked about the older brother in Prodigal Son story in Luke 15:32. He's pouting outside not only because he was a bit self-righteous and thought his lil bro should have received a punishment but also because he was never thrown a party. His dad {a beautiful picture of Christ} responds, " All I have is yours." Dude had just never ask the right question.

I think I need to reevaluate if I'm asking the wrong questions! How 'bout you?

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2 Tips for fast & safe Outside Play {aka Fresh Air}

Yesterday I talked about the importance of walking it off or getting some fresh air when you and yours are stressed. Today I wanna share a 2 big tips I've discovered to ease this option for sanity as well as keep everyone safe:
  1. Prep ahead & keep necessities easily accessible
    • shoes, socks, & set of clothing for each child {blush from the mom of the PJ-wearing kids here}
    • outside-specific toys in a place kept outside that easy for kids to retrieve as well as clean up themselves
    • stroller ready for ride
    • bug spray & sun screen ready depending on the season
    • sunglasses & hats

  2. Set boundaries
    • "don't go past the tree" or "stay on the driveway"
    • teach children to walk on the right side of the road
    • hook a rope to a stroller to train walkers near you on a walk
    • place something in the way as a giant physical reminder of boundary as well as to keep other drivers a good distance from your little blessings

What fun tips do you have for gaining everyone's sanity once again or for outside play?

linked to Housewife How-Tos

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