Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement - Book Review

If your children are anything like mine they believe that there are magic fairies that come along and clean, do dishes and cook. Ok my children really know that their father and I do the work but they do fight us when we ask them to clean and they just feel like everything is our job.

When Kay Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. Cleaning Houseis her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills. From making beds to grocery shopping to refinishing a deck chair, the Wyma family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others.

This book was about a mother who decided to do a 12 month experiment (for lack of a better word) in order to teach her children to be more self sufficent and stop feeling like they were owed everything. My favorite week was when each child had to purchase and cook dinner, I loved how one of the children just chose to purchase fast food while others really got into the planning of the whole thing. I have even used some of the ideas in the book on my own children.

Have you read any good books lately? Share them in the comments!

(I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books, I received no money in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% mine. )

Monday, January 19, 2015

We Will Be Hosting a #DisneySide Party!

This showed up in my email the other day and boy was our household excited. Little J could not stop talking about our Princess Disney Party. Yes we got Preschool Princess theme, which works perfectly since Little J's 5th birthday party is coming up in Feb!

As we wait for our awesome  ‪#‎DisneySide‬ package to arrive we are watching Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for some great ideas to help us throw out best #DisneySide party every!!

Stay tuned for the #DisneySide package reveal which depending on package arrival should be later this week!

Please feel free to share any great ideas you have for a Disney Party.. No really I am begging you!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

From our family to yours we wish you a Very Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Living/Breathing Bucket List - Updated

Time for an update - Been far to long

1. Travel to every state in the US at least once in my life. I would love to stay in every state but will be happy with touching my feet on the ground of every state.

2. Take a cruise with my family, hopefully this one happens soon!

3. Have a honeymoon (without the kids).

4. Host my 1st giveaway on my blo This has been done a couple times. 

5. Win a new blog makeover from Simply Stacie and Kelly's Lucky You Build a Beautiful Blog Week. Yes I won!!!

6. Have a career that I love.  - Check

7. Get 200 followers on my blog. - Done now on to # 8

8. Get 500 followers on my blog. - Set back with this one... #6 got in the way. :)

9. Get 1000 followers on my blog.

10. See Cavalia again, loved it so much!!

11. Take my daughters horse back riding. - We are counting pony rides for now

12. Own a dog, of course not until my daughters are older and can help. Cross this one off since Little J is allergic to dogs and cats
13. Lose 40 lbs - I have 10 lbs that seems to come back and leave and come back but I will take it
14. Learn to cook at least enough to feed my family more then boxed items  - Due to some circumstance in my life this one became a necessity

15. Finish both my daughter's baby books.

16.  Renew my vows with my husband at the local Renaissance festival.

17. Own a home with a backyard. 

18. Go to the circus.

19. Finally take the time to get both my daughters christened, I have guilt about this one since they are now 8 and 4, but on the other hand I raise them with faith and love.

20. Find the time to have a girl's night out without feeling guilty. - Girls night out, check. Guilt, still there. 

21. Find someone I trust to watch my children. - I have friends who can watch if needed but I am still on the lookout for that actual babysitter

22. Learn calming techniques so that I can reduce my stress level.  Again this became a necessity

23. Be able to live comfortably without having to worry about how I am going to pay my bills. I work so hard and still struggle everyday. 

24. Go camping with my girls, although this one I am willing to wait on until Little J is older. 

25. Finally let go of the "bad" people in my life even if some of them are blood. - I honestly thought this one would take FOREVER! But my life changed and I had to take a good look at the people around me. Made me realize who I needed to keep in my life and who I needed to move away from 

26. Stand up for myself better.  - Something else I learned over the last year

27. Take our vacation to Myrtle Beach that we have planned, cancelled, talked about but never been able to go on.  Took our vacation now onto #2

28. Find my husband one great, perfect gift that he will not exchange and will not leave me broke!  I have decided that being the best wife I can be is the best gift of all.

29 - Work on my Thirty One business. (Start by having an actual home party!, Mine have all been FB)

30 - Let go of a lot of guilt for stupid things. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Elf on the Shelf 2014

Big J & Little J have been a bit unruly the past few months so our Elf on The Shelf decided it would be a good idea to visit early. (Normally  he does not visit until after Thanksgiving)

He has been up to some crazy & funny things so far this year.

Day one he arrived and decide to hang from the pot rack

Day 2 - Big J had mentioned how funny it would be if the elf was trying to carve our pumpkin. Well "the Elf" did not want to make a pumpkin mess so he decided coloring on the pumpkin would be just as funny.

Day 3 - Big J plays the flute in band and we found this flute ornament for her music teacher. Our Elf decided he would give it a try. Elf approved!

Day 4 - I guess we were in need of some laughs so our Elf decided to bring us some Elf jokes.

Day 5 - He broke out the board games. a couple Barbies and dogs joined in for a lively game of Elf Twister!

Day 6 - ELF SCHOOL!  Elf was the teacher of course and was teaching some stuffed animals their ABCs and Numbers. There were worksheets and of course the animals had their pencils.

 Day 7 - After all the excitement over the last couple of days our Elf was tired so he went with the pretend to be a Christmas Tree approach.

Day 8 - Tonight he decided a photo session was in order. My Little Ponies came a long and posed behind the reindeer, penguin and snowman cutouts. Of course Elf had to have his camera and he even took a couple pictures. Just in case Big J and Little J think to look.

I wonder what our Elf will be up to next?

Some upcoming ideas: Hopscotch, Elf donuts and Coffee, Elf Naughty/Nice Reports, Elf Swing and much more!

Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf? What funny things has he or she done in the past? Any good ideas for this year? Share your photos, ideas and links in the comments!