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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I don't know about you but creating a meal plan or finding a recipe is a nightmare when running a daycare and raising kids. Whether you work out of the home or as a full time mom the recipes hunt can be time consuming and annoying. Luckily for me, I was asked to review a Recipe Software program.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The ocean tank project is completed! It has been filled with water and the sea creatures have begun to move back. Late Tuesday night the first wave of sharks returned to their home at SEA LIFE Arizona . The ocean tank has been undergoing a redesign since September 2011, when all the sea creatures that reside in that tank were transported to our sister facility at SEA LIFE Carlsbad . The 360 ocean tunnel is not completed quite yet, but we are hoping it should be done by the end of next week.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Add a little flare with this working instrument! All kids love noise so making a few working maraca’s will definitely please your crowd! It is almost as good as a cow bell! Kids love making noise and this will allow them to create how they make that noise!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Let’s relive our own childhood and bring back the 80’s style with a pretend keyboard! We already had the air-guitar and now we can help our kids bring to style the air keyboard using this fun cardboard keyboard!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Video games are so popular that they are fast replacing board games. You don’t see kids as often sitting down for a great game of chess or life. Now, you see them sitting in front of the TV to play a game that involves trying to kill each other in a brutal way. A lovely switch don’t you think? Why not get inspired by the games out their now and come up with a way to bring out the kids natural creativity and imagination!?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Everyone’s making something!
Need something to keep little hands busy when you’re trying to cook and the step your on isn’t safe for little fingers? Make them some play dough to pretend to bake with! Best part it lasts about 6 months! I love homemade play dough, the color is what the kids like and it doesn’t cost a bundle. I use old baby food jars to store it, saving even more and they are re-usable for when you make more every 6 months.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A bit of whimsy is what every child's life deserves and a bite of Turkey Leg doesn't hurt either! This year I will be writing a review for the upcoming Renaissance Festival here in AZ come March. I offer you some coupons to visit the festival yourself and comment here about your experience! So, gather your beer steins, wings, knight wear, and corseted dresses and take a trip back in time with me! The dates for the Festival are February 11 - April 1, 2012 at 12601 East Highway 60, Apache Junction!
Clowns! I'm not sure if the kids will like them or not. You always see them as either a source of pleasure or extreme fear on TV. I think my kids will either be bored by them or find them hilarious. I'm torn though and have concerns the fear reaction will be the one presenting. We will soon find out. I have been asked to review the Circus Vargas when it comes to Phoenix!!! I will be going February 11th 2012 and posting my thoughts, experiences and overall review of the event after that. Because I try to make sure not to leave my followers out without giving them a deal and you want to check it out for yourself you can use this link for Coupon Codes for $15 and $25 Off!
Do you ever think to yourself, "If I only had the money?" I love finding deals and tend to shop consignment for the kids because the grow so fast and get so dirty during the day, but there are days I find it hard not to wish that I had the money to get a designer dud or two for the kiddo's. The problem with "window" shopping the designer dud's is that there are so many childrens fashions now that we can literally find any style put into mini-form. Today, my "wish" shopping was centered around two designers I stumbled across online at the Ladida website.
I hate that I'm still paying on my education. Whose with me? I'm annoyed that Sallie Mae got itself into trouble over housing? Frustrated, that due to changes I can no longer consolidate loans with them and that if I decided to go back for a different degree or finish a higher degree (I started my Masters, but decided to have babies and work at home instead) chances are I will have to pay a higher interest rate and will be paying it off for a while despite that we pay our bills on time, check to make sure the insurance paid our medical bills as they should, and own a home with equity. I would love to be able to move the family abroad and educate them in other languages/cultures/environments, but having the loan over our head is dampening that much to my dismay. I do not want this for my children.
I remember a time when I could sit down and actually hear the TV show I was trying to watch or the rain as it sang its lullaby against the roof, or was able to focus in silence to the book I was trying to read. What happened to those times? I had kids and that meant that my life would never be silent again. So, with this revelation I can either fight it or join it. I choose to let the noise rule out and join in the fun! Why not start with a little drum?
Monday, January 23, 2012
The kids are all hyper from the holiday spread we just had and need something to busy their minds and hands. To help resolve this issue let’s make some crafts that can be re-used time and time again, plus save a dollar or two on the expensive versions at the store. Let’s help the kids create a rock band!
We will start by making our music box! After all, if we don’t have a place to put our instruments they will probably end up on the floor! So, time to gather our supplies!
Friday, January 20, 2012
So, these entire house repairs that I’ve been blogging about lately have me seeing things I want around the house now. We bought a foreclosure that was in a good school district with a large lot in great condition just needing a few things here or there. I always knew the house needed a little love, but never really saw things specific that I wanted different other than paint here or flooring there. Now, after the sink, disposal, dishwasher, faucet, dog dirt episode, water heater, continuous replanting of the grass in the front, constant pool filter battle, and randomly dead trees, I can't help but see more things to do around the house and yard. It's overwhelming. My latest obsession is Rubber Mulch!!!!
So, I know Valentine's Day is coming and I should be patient, but seriously there are some gifts you just want now! We just over loaded our systems with caloric food and amazingly delicious goodies, now we are expected to put them through and instant withdrawal?! What is with that! Not fair I say. I don't know about the rest of you, but I want the chocolate, NOW!!!!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I'm always looking for ways to safe money and make laundry easier! I was sent a product to review which has done both! When you're running a daycare, you always have laundry! So, I received this product for review and to my delight I get to give one away to you my readers as well!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I am still trying to kick my coffee habit and place it with tea. I start my mornings with a glass of milk and am ending my days with a cup of tea. While I do cheat and sometimes have a cup of joe in the morning. Fortunately for me I was sent some teas from Boston Tea Company to review. The latest review is of their Minty Mint Green Tea!
The fun just doesn't stop when you own a home. So my latest annoyance is the kitchen faucet! Really, the darn thing has the hot and cold water switched, it periodically doesn't work, and sometimes it just drizzles instead of flows. Gotta love the repairs a home needs! So off to hunt for faucets.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I have recently had such a large increase in followers that I decided to so another free reader appreciation download! For all you scrapbookers out there here is a coupon code for $10.00 off of My Memories Software Vs3 along with a link to free scrapbooking quick pages.
Monday, January 16, 2012
So, mommy's what do we get for the fathers who bring home the bacon, work hard to educate themselves to further their job thus increasing their paycheck, who come home and instantly give us a break by playing with the kids and/or walking the dogs, plus keep themselves in shape and looking good for us? Why not upgrade their wedding band.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012
As many of you know I love shopping online, I mean I am a blogger so obviously the internet is a comfortable sort of home for me to maneuver in, but what about the safety of where I'm shopping? I for so long have taken advantage of shopping online and until I read this posting had gotten sloppy about remembering that theft can happen at both physical and virtual stores! Here is Lenny Mcknight's guest post called: How do you know?
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
I dream of hardwood or tile floors. This may not be a big deal and most of you are probably thinking isn’t everyone, but no I literally will be having a dream tonight about the ease of moping a hard wood or tile floor. Yes, I will dream of cleaning tonight, largely due to my day today. Let me start by saying, I run a daycare in my home, plus I have three large dogs. While the carpet is great for starting crawlers, potential toddler falls, and warm feet it constantly gets dirty. So, why is this news, because the other day, my eldest fur baby decided it was a wonderful idea to see what was under the thin layer of rock along the fake grass in the back by digging a giant hole.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
I went through my clothes and noticed a lot of pants with holes in them. I don't go shopping often and it seems that I tend to wear my clothes until they literally fall apart. Now, I can either walk around like I belong in a trailer park with my goods hanging out or I can get creative and make something for the kids to play! I decide to say good bye to the jeans and hello to the latest kids creation!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Finally! We made it a year without getting pregnant! After being pregnant for virtually two years straight my body and husband needed a break. While I want more kids, a little more space between them is what I hope for if we have any in the future. That said, it is time for my first adult content posting! It is time to think about jumpstarting the old relationship. The babies are doing better at night and we finally have some people who we would trust to watch them for a few date nights! Its crazy how much having kids can leave you looking at each other one day and thinking, “Who are you and why am I so tired?” I personally think that when you have kids it is important to remember your relationship once and a while, not to mention what lead to those kids in the first place. Please all family members stop reading here and if you could maybe not check in the month of February that would be fabulous!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Days are still cold and the fun of the snow has faded at times making for some cooped up kids! I say go with the lazy flow and have a movie marathon! Why not make it a Harry Potter marathon? There are plenty of movies to fill the day with that series. Have the kids grab their pillows and blankets, make some coco or pass out the sippies and have everyone just lounge around on the couches and floor while watching you’re movies! To get into the feel let’s make a cool popcorn holder for the kids!
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