Blake walked up to me holding his finger. I couldn’t see any cuts, bruises, or marks.
B:Mama, when I push on my finger it hurts. See?
I see him push. I don’t see it doing anything.
Me: Then stop pushing on it.
Now he’s happily playing Minecraft. Because the only reason his finger was hurting was that he was squishing it. Am I the only one who has noticed that genius and common sense don’t often reside in the same people? I have the same kinds of issues with Jack.
B: Is three-ten the same as two-seventy?
J: Just say you don’t know. (To B) Mama doesn’t know.
Me: Hang on. I want to know what he’s asking….Can you explain what you’re trying to ask? Because either you’re not asking what you think you’re asking, or the answer is no.
B: There’s sixty minutes in an hour, right? So 3:10 is technically 2:70.
B: Why do we even have tongues? For lollipops?
Me: So we can talk and so we can taste….
B: And so we can lick people.
B: My hair is sweating.
B: Fifty plus fifty is one hundred.
B: Six plus six is twelve.
B: So sixty plus sixty is a hundred and twenty.
Excellent reasoning skills, but can you turn down the smart a little, kid?
B, grinning: I’m cute, aren’t I?
Me: You’re adorable. Come here.
He snuggled up to me, and I told him: You’re cute and smart and sweet….
B: And once again, adorable.
He’s modest, too.
B: They made it harder and annoyinger.
J: Hey, I know! Let’s conga!
I must have made some sound.
J: What? We can’t conga?
Me: Sure. Why not?
A minute later, J: Oh, wait. I don’t know how to conga.
Me: Well, then I guess that’s a no, isn’t it?
The boys are playing hide and seek.
B: I know you’re hiding somewhere!
Me: That’s usually how it’s done.
For one day, we want to drown out negativity and celebrate the beauty and pride of women.
These days it seems that some people want us to be ashamed of being women. They want us to believe that we’re less: less intelligent, less important, less human. There is so much negativity out there. For one day, we want to flood the internet with positive messages about women.
For the past two years, we’ve let you get away with shining the spotlight on another woman. This year, it’s all about YOU. As women, we often have trouble putting ourselves front and center. We’re not important, not pretty, not smart, not talented. Just not enough.
But that is SO not true, and we challenge you to break through that barrier. Join the #selflovechallenge on September 16, and share three positive things about yourself. If you don’t have a blog, share on Facebook, Twitter, a favorite email loop (as long as they don’t mind off-topic messages), or just write it on a Post-it note and put it on your bathroom mirror.
Men can participate, too, but we really want women to embrace this. You are amazing, and it’s time you owned it!
Your three things can be just one comment each, or you can give background or elaborate in some way. The positive things can be anything: a physical trait, a talent, a facet of your personality, or anything else you can think of.
The only rule is that you can’t add any qualifiers.
YES = I have beautiful eyes.
YES = I get a lot of compliments on my eyes.
NO = I have pretty eyes. At least that’s what people tell me.
NO = I guess I have pretty eyes, but no one can tell because of these stupid glasses.
Just acknowledge and accept that you have gorgeous eyes and move on.
We’re not looking for afirmations here. Find three things you can love about yourself just as you are. Sure we can all improve something, but you are amazing RIGHT NOW! If you honestly can’t think of anything, ask your friends and family. You should love yourself unconditionally, but sometimes we need a little help realizing that there is something about us to love.
Join our Facebook page, and help us spread the word. We’ll have a linky up on the 16th for you to share your posts.
We also received the Happy Kids Songs Workbook, which includes lyrics and activities for every song in the entire collection. When you purchase a download, you will also get access to free pages you can download for those songs. This is the same content that is in the Workbook. The Workbook is just all of those free pages (122) pre-printed and bound for you. Continue reading TOS Review: Happy Kids Songs (Ages 4-8)
Giveaway Dates: August 17th-31stOpen to US residents
You will get a free Facebook link for participating. You must post the giveaway on August 17th and promote 3 times a week.
You can opt to get your choice of second link (Twitter or Pinterest) for posting the announcement post on your blog.
Co-host spots are available for $10. You will get three links (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) plus a comment link (to a non-giveaway post). Co-hosts will also be listed on the Giveaway image and have a back-link in the Giveaway post.
All Co-host money will go toward a Amazon Gift Card or Paypal prize (winner’s choice).
Co-host spots, with the same benefits, will also be given if you choose to supply a prize, of at least $10, to the prize package. You will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winner.
School has started but it’s still ridiculously hot, so here are some healthy (Okay, not totally healthy, but it’s Nutella and chocolate!) popsicle recipes you can make with the kids. You can use the 20% off discount code SCHOOL along with their FREE Back to School Recipes Download with purchase of an eMeals subscription.
Organic Coconut Blueberry Popsicle
1 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
3/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons organic shredded coconut
1/3 cup organic blueberries
In a glass mixing bowl, mix together coconut milk, honey, shredded coconut, and greek yogurt until well combined. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill until half inch from the top. Add blueberries into mixture by pushing them down into the mold, spreading them throughout the popsicle. Fill the remainder of the popsicle mold. Freeze overnight.
Mixed Fruit Popsicles
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach, peeled and chopped
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
2 cups Vita Coco coconut water (great brand to use because it’s sweet)
Combine all fruit in a mixing bowl and place in your favorite popsicle mold. Pour enough coconut water in each mold to just cover the fruit. Freeze overnight.
(Suggestion: taste your coconut water and see if it’s sweet enough prior to pouring into mold. If not, in a separate mixing bowl add coconut water and your favorite sweetener to taste. Then add to popsicle mold to cover fruit.”
Chocolate Nutella Popsicles
1 1/2 cups chocolate milk
1/2 cup hazelnut spread
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the chocolate milk and hazelnut spread together until well blended. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill to the rim and freeze overnight.
I dropped Jack off for 4-H Forestry judging practice, then Blake and I came home and sat down with a bag of potato chips and a Garfield DVD.
B: Did you check to see if these were poisonous?
Me: No. No, I didn’t. Sorry.
Dentist: When did you turn six?
B: July ninth.
Dentist: That’s my mom’s birthday! But she’s a lot older than you.
B: Everybody is a lot older than me. Except the people who aren’t older.
B: One time I had a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream. I dreamed I was sleeping.
B: My favorite party game is Pick the Tail Off the Donkey.
J: Stop staring at me, Blake! It’s creepy.
Me: It’s also rude.
J: Why’s it rude to stare?
Me: …Probably because it’s creepy.
J: That’s so loud it’s hurting my eyes.
B: Hotels have more rooms than you can count.
Me: Well, not really. You can count them.
B: But it wouldn’t be easy. I wouldn’t recommend it.