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Define Fun

Bob returned home from camp last Saturday but his letter to us just arrived today.Dear Mom, Dad and Teddy,I am having soooo much fun. Sleeping Sunday night was easy and Monday I woke up in the middle of the night and had a headake. My favorite part of camp is the hikes. I also twisted my ankle. Camp is really fun I miss you.Love, Bob
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Celebrate Coffee with Delicious Recipes!

Powdered creamers really gross me out.  What are they made out of if they are not even dairy!  I found this really cool creamer that not only flavors your coffee, it also keeps you on your health and fitness goals.  They use all natural ingredients like coconut.  Make a cup of coffee for national coffee day and bake some cookies to go with! Leaner Creamer Coffee Sugar Cookies< Ingredients: One cup of softened room temperature butter One and one fourth cups of granulated sugar Two organic eggs One third of a cup of Coffee Three teaspoons of Leaner Creamer One teaspoon of organic vanilla One teaspoon of salt Two cups of organic flour (gluten free flour may be substituted) Half of a teaspoon of baking powder Half of a teaspoon of cinnamon Instructions: In the stand/handheld mixing bowl, mix together butter and…
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Furnishing Your Home on a Dime

For many years, it was necessary for me to decorate on a dime. By getting furniture at Goodwill, shopping yard sales, inheriting goods from my parents and above all, by grifting. Never know whatyou’ll find at Goodwill… Grifting. This could well be one of my favorite words. A good friend has grown tired of something and decides, on a whim, to bestow me with it. It’s like a gift… except it’s used… and it’s better than new! Through grifting, I have gotten sofas, chairs, cribs, mattresses, beds, rugs, toys, playhouses, you name it! In fact, if you look through my home carefully, you’ll find an assortment of items that have been grifted to me, some as they are, some transformed through paint or new fabric. As wonderful as it is to spend little to nothing on new decor for my home,…
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The Get Away

For a couple of days, they’re both my side of the bed. For the next three days, I’m attending a conference. I just checked into the hotel and I’m feeling a tiny bit ridiculous. I’ve traveled around to some excellent cities for conferences before and this one is in one of my favorite cities, Los Angeles. Exactly 9.6 miles from my house. It took me longer to get the key to my room than it did to drive here. I’m going to order some coffee and get over it. This will be fun.
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Healthy Snacks for School

Moms are always looking for great snack options.  Zing sent me some samples to try.  Baby Bear is REALLY picky.  She also gets hangry (hungry + angry) if she doesn’t eat.  I try and try, but she just wants the basics.  This kid used to eat fish, seaweed, and was a fruit monster.  Now…nada.  She is BEGGING me for Zing bars in her lunch for dessert.  I didn’t tell her what they were, she just loves them.  There are a few favorite flavors: Chocolate Mint and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.  The Chocolate Mint taste like thin mints.  Seriously people, they are amaZing!  Can’t find a shop to buy them in?  Go to Amazon here “The Zing Bar was founded by a group of Seattle dietitians and is deeply rooted in ‘nutrition science’ around blood sugar— by turning the calories we eat into useable energy to…
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Visit to Fire Station 423!

We took another trip to the local fire station on Monday. The last time we went was during the March Break. Drew was away with his family at that time, and missed our trip. Since then, fire trucks have become one of his favourite things ever. He calls them “wee-oos” (because of the sound of the siren).   Drew was very shy at first, so I held on to him and we did everything glued to each other. We all climbed aboard the fire truck.   The firefighters are always so great. The protocol for visits is just to drop in during certain hours. You can’t make an appointment. Still, how would you like it if a group of people dropped in to your work and asked you to give them a tour? You might be thrilled some days. But…
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Blue Skies

Oh how quickly the pictures do add up, when you are a compulsive photographer! So these were taken a couple of weeks ago, when Amadea and Marcellus’s parents had us over for some more gardening. The last time, they had helped the kids to plant. This time, it was all about picking some vegetables to bring home! We got to pick and take home cucumber, zucchini, green onions, peas, beans and peppers. It really is so nice of them to let my children participate in the gardening experience. I am very grateful for this. The kids also enjoyed eating cherries (not grown in the garden). Here, Amadea instructs Leila how to eat the cherry, but not the pit. 🙂 So, I never talked about Maryam leaving the daycare. She left at the end of June in anticipation of me closing…
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What if Breastfeeding

I am a run-ragged mother of two toddlers and one tiny, precious nursing baby. She is a very content, happy baby- except when it comes to nursing. She doesn’t want to nurse in public. Or in front of her siblings. Or while I hold her. In fact, she won’t eat at all, unless I am lying down to feed her. She won’t eat if she can tell I’m reading or holding my phone. She won’t eat unless I lie there, doing nothing. Which got me to thinking, “Man! This is relaxing! I LOVE laying down while I nurse. It’s like a mini break or tiny vacation. Like, I can almost take a nap and not even feel guilty!” Which led to a simple hypothesis. What if… we were made to nurse that way? What if….. God knew what an exhausting…
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French Toast from Leftover Hamburger Buns

French Toast from Leftover Hamburger Buns

I don’t like to waste food. This is a fact. My family likes to eat hamburgers and hot dogs. This is another fact. Sadly, my family seldom eats hamburgers OR hot dogs in multiples of eight’s, which means we end up with leftover buns that end up getting tossed out. NO MORE! Use leftover hot dog/hamburger buns to make french toast!
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