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February 28, 2007

Why Snow is Good (Works for Me Wednesday Tip)

Filed under: General Info, House and Home, WFMW — mrslady @ 11:10 am

Believe me, I did not think that I would ever be posting ANYTHING under the title “Why Snow is Good”. I dispise snow! It is cold, and wet, and naturey-all things I dislike intensely. Also, I am VERY put out that tomarrow is March 1st and we just got almost two inches of snow! I am just not built for the antarctic-style climate in my new home, which is why I keep my house heated to “surface of the sun”. Just last night my in-laws were kidding about bringing shorts to my house in the winter.
(They were only half kidding.)

Now you understand the irony of this post.

However there is something good about snow. It is an EXCELLENT excuse to stay inside and do some tidying and organizing. It’s not even noon yet and I have already cleaned the main parts of my house and finished updating my address book/to do list(things not done as often as they should be!).

Want to get organized? Clean your house? Here are some sites that I have found that seem fun/informational.

*www.organizetips.com/feature.htm
Here you can find a list of free organizing helpers that you can print out, including a grocery list, a phone list, and a printable planner (if you don’t already have one).

*http://www.cozi.com
I haven’t used this one, but have heard good things about it! It’s basically a planner that is accessible to multiple users from any location. So you can your husband can share messages/calanders wherever you are-this might even be good for teenagers too! Wherever you have internet you can look on the planner. For instance, you can put on the schedule “Dinner at Grandma Johnson’s house 6pm” and then send a memo to everyone. I hear that it keeps things very organized when people in your family are doing a million different things.

*www.flylady.net
These tips seem like they would work very well. There is even a daily tip and newsletter than you can sign up for. The only part about the page that I don’t like personally is that it seems a little more abitious than I generally am. Still, the ideas on the page all seem like good ones!

Do you have organizing tips? Please share!!

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Hot Topics!

Filed under: Blog Business — mrslady @ 10:38 am

When I first posted Hot Topics!  I wanted them to be a weekly thing.  I realize now that may have been a little too ambitious for a brand-new blog to tackle.  So as of now, I’m going to go ahead and make Hot Topics! weekly OR UNTIL SOMEONE POSTS ON THEM. 

This means that Pregnancy and Kids Under 5 are getting new Hot Topics!  Check them out, and check out 5-12 and Teenagers and post on the topics there which are being held over.

Enjoy!

February 27, 2007

A Long One-Sided Conversation

Filed under: Family, Fun Stories, Random Musings — mrslady @ 2:48 am

 So I called my Dad today-well, not today today.  It’s 2am-it’s only been today for two hours, and if I call my dad after 10 someone should be in serious trouble, or I will be very shortly afterwards. Anyway, I meant today as in since I slept last-and this was our conversation:

Me:  You remember when I used to play the same song all day on the piano and hold long drawn out pointless conversations that were 95% one sided?

 Dad:  You mean yesterday? [Sarcasm is genetic]

Me:  No when I was six.

Dad:  Oh, cause you did that yesterday too.  My bad.

Me:  But do you remember?

Dad:  Yesterday?

Me:  No, when I was six.

Dad:  Vaguely.  That was a loooong time ago.

Me:  I know.  And what with your senility kicking in I realize it may be difficult for you to remember that long ago. [My dad turned 41 in January]

Dad:  Yeah well, I’ll just use yesterday as a reference point.

Me:  Good, so you remember.

Dad:  Sure, why?

Me:  And you remember how you didn’t yell or pull out all your hair or kill me?

Dad:  Rings a bell.

Me:  I just wanted to say thanks.  That was mighty big of you.

Dad:  My pleasure.  I had to let you live long enough to be on the recieving end.  It was totally worth it.

Me:  Always happy to make you happy.

Dad:  Not always.  You were a teenager once.

Me:  Yeah, sorry about that.

Dad:  Eh, we all lived through it to see you have one of your own.  Aren’t we thrilled!

Me:  Thrilled.

Dad:  Speaking of monkey boy…[proceed to 35 minutes of talking about the baby]

The funny part is, during the rest of the day while my son was “playing” his electric piano and re-telling the Odessey in Klingon, I thought about how wonderful it will be to have that conversation with him someday.

Life is wonderful.

All The Fun You Can Eat (To Do About Tuesdays)

Filed under: Fun Stories, House and Home, To-Do about Tuesday — mrslady @ 2:47 am

I tell you what, it is a near-super-human ability 3 year olds have of knowing when you’re really tired. I don’t know what happened the other morning, but my son woke up at like 8 am (after me going to bed at 330) and it was ON.

I crawled into the living room with my blanket and my pillow and layed on the ground in front of the tv. I popped in Veggi Tales, and tried to “rest my eyes”. Of course, in three year old this means “mommy wants to play!!!” So he stands above me and does that siren yell (you know the one):

“mmmmoooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!”

To which I open one eye and say “what?”-in the nicest voice possible.

To which my child responds “no”!

To which I close my eyes.

To which my child jumps on my back elbows first and screams “MOOOMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYY!”

To which I open both eyes (giving him the strict mommy face) and say “Yes. Aidan. Mommy. WHAT?” A little louder, but trying to keep my cool.

To which my son says “sorry mommy, love you” and blows me a kiss. I feel much better, tell him I love him too and close my eyes.

At which point my son jumps with full-body-force onto my knee caps, and starts bouncing up and down going “sorry mommy. sorry mommy. sorry mommy. sorry mommy….”

I say in my bestest-calmest-not-crazy voice “SORRY is for accidents baby. How can mommy help you?”

To which my son responds by starting to sniffle. Then he starts wandering around the house moaning-not crying, just this infuriating monotone“uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh. *sniffle* wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”-and driving his truck on his hand, on the wall, on the doors, pretty much everywhere except the carpet. Which would normally bug me, but at this point I don’t really care because I am so tired. But then he comes back.

In his whiniest voice he says “mmmmmooooooooooo”

“AIDAN DOUGLAS WHAT DO YOU WANT?!” This time in an extremely irritated voice-but not yelling. I try really hard not to yell.

“Drink”

“Okay fine. Here. Better?”

“Thank you”

At which point I close my eyes and he throws his cup on the ground (spill proof YAY!) and starts moaning.

“What?”

“Drink”

“You HAD a drink, but you threw it on the ground”

The logic escapes him.

“Drink!”

“Son, if you want a drink you will pick that right back up and drink your juice. If you want to go back to bed, you will stand there and continue to cry. Make a decision so that mommy can rest now.”

At which point he starts to cry.

At which point I go crazy. Not dangerous crazy. Just quiet crazy, in my head. I shove my head in the pillow and scream silently.

Then my son crawls down beside me and snuggles up to me and goes to sleep. I am not frustrated anymore but SHOCKED how he can go from cute to crazy to cute again in a matter of only 2 HOURS!

Which brings me to To Do about Tuesdays. This week: How to keep a 3 year old occupied when you are far too tired to run like a crazy person or explain yourself over and over.

What to do? One word-playdough. I know, it sounds crazy. Go with me here.

You roll up like a quarter of a tub of playdough into a ball and turn them loose on the kitchen linoleum. [Not recommended for carpets!!!!!] If your kids are anything like my son, they will be facinated by the ball of playdough itself-and the fact that it is a ball-for about a half hour. Then they discover it squishes, much to their delight. It is pretty much home-style self entertainment, AND it’s non-toxic for all of those who dare to try.

This is also a good rainy day activity, and can even double as educational when you get your energy back. Make shapes, talk about colors, it’s tons of fun 🙂

If you don’t want to buy playdough (which I don’t because you can make it so easy and so cheap) you can also make it a science experiment and make your own!

To make Playdough::
YOU WILL NEED:
3 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tarter
3 tbsp oil
3 cups water
Food coloring

Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead the playdough until the texture matches playdough (1-2 minutes).

Stored in plastic container, it should last for at least 3 months. Or your toddler can just eat it right away. [Not recommended in large amounts, or for animals~yet makes for some very interesting poo/vomit.]

Have fun and rest up!

February 25, 2007

Musings

Filed under: Random Musings — mrslady @ 1:52 am

Recently I read a post about being real in Jeana’s blog that I really related to, and made me think a lot. I often find myself frustrated by other people’s insincerity, and can often be found writing off things, people, and entire institutions because I feel their expectations force me to be fake as well. Maybe it’s apart of being in my 20s. Or maybe (as my dad often chimes in) it’s my life-long need to NOT do what other people tell me to. I perfer to think that it’s because I find it morally offensive to tell other adults what to do and expect them to conform to your beliefs/expectations, especially when it requires them to be someone or something they are not. ( This is, in my mind, different than advice or sharing ideas, and obviously does not apply to children.)

Normally this does not cause me many issues, because while I don’t feel the need to conform to others’ expectations of falseness, I also do not expect others to conform to my need for things that are real and honest and we can get along pretty well with just polite non-participation from both sides.

I do however run into an issues when it comes to church. I really wish that I didn’t because it makes it very difficult for me. I am a Christian, and I think that the idea of church is a very important and noble idea. However, I have yet to find a church that I feel is honest and embodies what I believe church should be about. I am the first to admit that I have very little knowledge of God’s will. I pretty much leave that up to Him, pay close attention to the parts in the Bible that say “and Jesus said,”, and pray for guidance and understanding. Yet the parts that seem most important to me (and I’m no Bible scholar) seem to be missing from the churches I have been to.

The major issue I have with churches is that, in my experience, is they have a way of excluding “the sinners”. It’s hard for me to put into words. I guess I just mean that when I’ve gone to church, I have felt like I am being judged by the people around me. Like because I do not do this, or believe that, or join this group, or talk to this person, or run my life this way I am not worthy of being in their church, or they have to “fix” me in some way. This generally rubs me the wrong way, because I am a firm believer in “judge not” and that God is the only judge of us all. I think it is very interesting that a place that teaches what God says, can seem not to take it to heart very much-especially the part about loving the sinners as they are, and refraining from judging. (Yes, I realize by making this statement I too am judging. That is something I am working on-but for me it is hard not to judge people that judge people. It’s a vicious circle.)

I also feel like the people around me are judging everyone around them, while trying to maintain their own portrayal of piety. Not that they think they are perfect, just that they seem to think that it is their right to point out your flaws, while putting “make up” over their own.

Think about it. When people go to church, they do not go as they are. They go in their nicest clothes. They expect their children to be on their most excellent behavior. They say nice things to people they would never talk to, and may even talk disparagingly about them when they go home. They pretend. And I know that some people will say that this is because church is a place to be respectful because it is God’s house. I would say that this is a valid point, with the small exception of the fact that if you are a Christian the Holy Spirit is in you, and with you all the time. God is with you when you are at home, in your pajamas, when your children are screaming, and when you’re speaking badly about your neighbors. He does not have a magnifying glass on church (to the best of my knowledge) but watches over you always. So why pretend at church? The only reason I can come up with is for the other people around you-and to me that just seems fake.

I have also been to churches-no more than once a piece though, that’s for sure-that I feel are just outrageous. Churches that ask for money walking in, in the middle of service, and walking out. Churches that preach about giving money to the church. I just don’t think Jesus ever asked anyone for money that I ever read.

I think that that is my biggest frustrations with churches. The meaning of Christian is “Christ-like”. And while we are all far from the perfection of Jesus, I think that it is our job to emmulate Him. I guess I just don’t feel that most churches also aspire to that goal.

February 24, 2007

Set Up

Filed under: Blog Business — mrslady @ 11:07 am

Okay, so I think I finally got the blog set-up to move from “under construction” to “pretty much done”. I will still probably have moments of updating, but I think it’s pretty much set style wise.

Now that everything is complete stylistically speaking (probably not a word, but sounds nice 🙂 )I am going to designate the home page as more of a personal blog setting. Of course, I will continue to maintain the other pages in addition, and I will post Frugal Fridays and To-Do Tuesdays on the main page still.

As always, if you have any suggestions on how to make the page better, feel free to leave comments and/or email me at momz_the_word@yahoo.com.

February 23, 2007

The End Of Confusion!

Filed under: Blog Business — mrslady @ 1:43 pm

I believe I have fixed the issue with the confusing page listings in the sidebar of my pages!

You can now access the “book list” and “hot topics!” for each age group via a link on the main “age page”. The main pages are listed at the top of the blog as always.

I hope this helps to eliminate confusion~Let me know what you think!

Grocery Shopping (Frugal Fridays)

Filed under: Frugal Fridays — mrslady @ 1:57 am

I don’t know about you, but between my other half and the short one I could spend every dime we make on food and still have empty cupboards! It seems like the more I buy, the more they eat-and they are still hungry afterwards!

Do you know what they ate for a “snack” today? An almost an entire bag of breadsticks [uncooked-ewwwwwww] to themselves. It seems like every time I buy something for dinner I turn around and it’s been eaten-but not for dinner. Usually raw out of the package (including canned food) or microwaved (if previously frozen).

So, how do I avoid the poorhouse while still makeing sure everyone is full?

*Make a meal plan that incorporates similar products. I know it sounds like it can get boring, but it’s not bad if you go online to find new recipes (that’s what I do). For instance:
-Eggs, Cheese, Tortillas, Chicken, Milk, Soup, Beans, Vegitables, Pankcake Mix
With these things you can make:
>Strada
>Quesedillas
>Stir Fry
>Baked Chicken
>Homemade Chicken Soup
>Egg Salad Sandwiches
>Grilled Cheese
The list could be a lot longer, but I’m sure you get the idea. Incorporating meals similar ingrediants into your weekly plan helps to save a lot of money by making you able to buy a few things in bulk rather than a lot of things in tiny packages that cost $5 a pop.

*Buy things that are staples and multi-purpose, and buy them in bulk. I recommend:
->Rice. Makes good side to stir-fry, or with vegitables. Or add milk, butter, and a little bit of sugar and it’s nice for breakfast.

->Pancake Batter. Not just for pancakes anymore. Make biscuits, pie crust-it’s a pretty good subsitute for flour.

->Eggs. Everyone knows the uses for eggs-Scrambled, Fried, Salad, Deviled…..We have often done Egg Salad Sandwiches and Deviled Eggs within a couple of days of each other because both require eggs to be boiled.

->Bread. Good old bread, if you’re not picky you can usually pick up a loaf for under a dollar. I pick up three to six every time I go. Good for sandwiches, toast, even fancier stuff like strada. Get different kinds too-regular “loaf” bread, french bread, rolls, etc.

->Milk. Goes in things. Good to drink. I buy lots, but I will usually buy it at a place like Walgreens where I can get it for cheaper (was $1.99/gallon there a bit ago.).

->Assorted Fruits and Vegitables. Good for snacks. Good for Meals. I like to go with Broccli, Spinache, Onions, and Carrots for vegitables and apples, peaches, maderin oranges, and strawberries (when in season) because they seem to me like the most flexible and the ones we use most often.

->Meat. Usually hamburger and chicken are the most flexible. Chicken strips, baked chicken, chicken w/vegitables, chicken stir fry…..meatloaf, hamburgers, speghetti….I will usually plan on using a pound of meat per day and buy accordingly.

*If you have snack-a-holics like I do in my family I recommend the Dollar Store. You wouldn’t think it (I never would have) but some actually have a “frozen foods” section. I buy things like french toast sticks and french fries that they can “heat and eat” because, to be fair, daddy doesn’t really like to cook. (Ha Ha Ha) Plus, you can use the snacks to make healthy snacks (like fruit) more appealing. This also keeps the snack budget WAAAAAAAY down-just make sure to check expiration dates when buying anything at such a great discount!

Doing things this way, my monthly grocery budget is usually around $300 per month (between $75-80 per week). Which, believe me, is down from the staggering $650 per month we USED to spend to feed two adults and a baby!

Now if only we could break our junk food/fast food habits. Oh well, that’s for a later post.

The Regulars

Filed under: Blog Business, Frugal Fridays, To-Do about Tuesday — mrslady @ 12:34 am

I have decided to committ two days of the week to a regular blogging topic.  I think this will be fun, but if not, we can always scrap it later :p

The topic days are going to be Tuesdays and Fridays.

Fridays will hereafter be known as “Frugal Fridays” (assuming I’m not stepping on some sort of copywrite here).  Every Friday I will post an idea of how to cut expenses.  This is something I find personally relevant, as I am both cheap and broke.

Tuesdays will be hereafter known as “To-Do about Tuesday”.  These posts will be about fun family activities and/or organizational skills and hints.  I am the first to admit organization is a journey and I’m not ahead of anyone in that race.  Let’s do it together.

Both topics are absolutely open for posting your own ideas and responses.  Have fun 🙂

February 22, 2007

Looking for Tips?

Filed under: General Info, House and Home — mrslady @ 5:20 pm

A big Thank You to my MIL who directed me to the blog Rocks in My Dryer for Works for me Wednesdays. 

The basic premise is this: Every Wednesday moms post links to their blogs which contain tips for everything from cookie making to chore charts.  You can even link YOUR blog, and give your own tips!  For more information on how to post/what it is, visit here.  To visit/post for Works for Me Wednesday visit here.

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