Month: December 2010

The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorella

The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorella

About The Clouds Roll Away – “Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello’s mystery also features well-developed characters…”—Booklist, starred review I agree with the Booklist review above 🙂 The Clouds Roll Away did contain very interesting and intriguing descriptions and characters. I enjoyed the story line […]

I Don’t Like Santa

I Don’t Like Santa

It’s true. For some reason I just don’t like Santa. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who feels that he represents all that is evil and should be avoided and de-bunked at all costs. I like movies with Santa in […]

Not So Fat Wednesday(?) ~ Week 12

Not So Fat Wednesday(?) ~ Week 12

So I’m hoping the insane picture will distract you from the fact that I’m posting this a day late…

Did it work? No? Just look at my c R a Z y family one more time! There we go 😉

So….yeah.

Plate of fudge + Nicole + Nicole not writing down in her food journal = Nicole eating entire plate of fudge…by herself…minus about 4 pieces eaten by hubby and Amber.

YIKES!!!!

I have a confession–again, since I’ve talked a little about this before. I. have. no. self. control.

At least not when it comes to yuuuummmyyy chocolate treats. When I don’t have a plan of action I will mindlessly stuff them in my mouth at random points throughout the day until my horrified husband comes up and goes,

“Did you honestly eat that entire thing of fudge all by yourself??!!”

*Gulp*

So, not the best of weeks for me. The really bad part is that I have 5 tasty Christmas goodies just begging to be made. Not wanting an Attack of the Fudge Pudge Part Deux to happen I have a plan!

I’m going to make all the goodies and then send 75% of them with hubby to work so that all the Coasties will feel loved and I won’t have them here to eat them.

I’m making a plate to give to a friend’s family and a plate for the UPS man.

Side note on the UPS man–I live on the 3rd story-40 steps one way. Between blog stuff, Christmas stuff that I’ve bought, Christmas stuff that the grandparents are sending to me, gifts from my best friend, etc, the poor guy has literally been here nearly every single work day for the past 3 weeks!!! I figure the least I can do is hand him a plate of cookies and a Christmas card next time–haha!!!

But moving on!

I will make up one and only one plate with the various goodies on it. I can eat what is on the plate and when it’s gone I can have no more sweets!!! That means I need to have one a day and make it last so I’ll actually have goodies to eat on Christmas since I’m just having those instead of making pies or cheesecake again (hence avoiding Insane Fire Alarm Drama Part Deux)

However–(and this is where most of you will begin to throw insults and pillows at me) when I stepped onto the scale today it said I weigh 1 1/2 lbs less than last week!

Apparently living on the 3rd story has it’s benefits 🙂

I’ll be taking next week off as my eyes are crossed from being so busy and I know it’ll only get worse!

We’ll re-group on 12/28 to discuss the game plan for 2011! Woo Hoo!

Have you fallen prey to the Christmas goodies? What is your plan to avoid it from here on out?

Merry Christmas!

Help a Cute Baby Out :)

Help a Cute Baby Out :)

Have you helped my cute little man out yet???!!! If not–what are you waiting for? 😉 You can vote once a day on the Parenting.com one! He was ranked waaaay down low at 616 as of today–come on people–look at that smile–get him up in […]

Sweet Knee *Review & Giveaway*

Sweet Knee *Review & Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED congrats to #44 who won*** So I’m still semi-new to the vlog reviews but I’m getting the hang of it and really love doing them! 🙂 I forgot to add that the reason it was impressive there was so much […]

4 Steps to getting your family interested in volunteering

4 Steps to getting your family interested in volunteering

During this time of the year it’s so important to not only focus on time for yourself and family, but also on giving back to others! The true spirit of Christmas, and of being a Christian, is all about loving and reaching out to people who aren’t as fortunate or blessed as we are! It’s important to teach our children about this at a young age! Our church has a great retirement home ministry that I’m excited about getting involved in–I just know all the people there would love a visit from the kids! 🙂

Here are 4 Steps to getting your family interested in volunteering:
Step 1: Clarify your personal goals and motives for wanting to include your child in volunteer activities. Volunteering is a wonderful way to a share your values with your child. Pick a cause that is meaningful to you and your family rather than one that is simply convenient.
Step 2: Explain the importance of volunteerism and the contribution volunteers can make. A child’s favorite question is “why?” Keep your answers simple and concrete. For example, if you are going to volunteer at the food bank, tell your child that “The food bank has lots of food for people who need it, and it will be our job to sort the food so that people are able to find what they need.”
Step 3: Choose volunteer activities to do with your children that are age-appropriate. Children as young as three can begin volunteering. At this age they begin to enjoy participation in group activities and are better able to follow directions. Remember that a preschooler’s concept of the world is not very large and is usually limited primarily to their home, neighborhood and school; therefore, it is important to keep the activity within the realm of what they can imagine. A few examples:
•Participate in “clean the park” activities. Be sure to have your child wear gloves.
•Take recyclables to recycling collection centers.
•Act as a companion to the elderly in retirement or assisted living homes. Simply listening to their stories and relieving their loneliness provides multiple benefits for the senior citizen and your child.
•Participate in local races and walks that raise money for a charitable cause that you think is important; most races have a shorter race for children.
•Sort food at a food bank. Be sure to confirm that children are welcome to volunteer and that it will be a safe environment.
Step 4: Find a child-friendly not-for-profit. Ask the following questions to help you select the volunteer opportunity that is right for your family:

•Does the organization have experience with and a history of successfully working with children and families? Will the organization provide me with a reference from another family who has volunteered with them?
•Will the organization staff welcome my child’s participation?
•Is there a specific job that my child can do successfully? Who will show my children what to do?
•Are there special clothes or supplies needed for my child to volunteer with this organization?
•Does the organization conduct appropriate background screenings on its staff? Does the organization have insurance if there is an accident while your family is volunteering?
•Can the organization provide a concrete example that will help your child understand how his or her efforts benefit others?

To find these and other great tips for parents, check out Dr. Zurn’s blog at DrZandme.com. For more information on Primrose Schools, visit http://www.primroseschools.com/. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

Suicide Help

Suicide Help

Although this should be “the most wonderful time of the year” for many people it holds despair and pain and hurtful memories. Here is some useful information that I was sent and hope will be of help to someone! Many individuals will struggle with depression and suicidal […]

12 Pearls of Christmas *Guest blog*

12 Pearls of Christmas *Guest blog*

Hello – I’m thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual 12 Pearls of Christmas! We’ve lined up several authors to share their Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom”! Please follow along beginning today (Monday the 13th) through Christmas day as Melody Carlson, Lauraine Snelling,  Rachel Hauck, Tricia Goyer, […]

Spend $75 get a $25 Gift Card!

Spend $75 get a $25 Gift Card!

So it’s no secret that we looooooooooveeeee books round these parts! You might remember my Barefoot Books Review last Spring. (see video above–so stinking cute! I can’t believe how different Amber is now even though that was just 8 months ago!!! It’s like she grew into a little girl over night!) We still love this book and read it all the time and I just bought another book from Amy for one of Tyler’s Christmas gifts this year!

Amy has a great deal going on right now! Spend $75 and get a $25 gift card–so you could get a ton of fabulous, fun, educational books for only $50! I’ve said it time and time again–you can never have too many books and they make the *best* presents ever!! So please consider going and doing your Christmas shopping with Amy and find the deal HERE!

How you and your wallet can survive kids fashions *Guest Blog*

How you and your wallet can survive kids fashions *Guest Blog*

Another clever little guest blog that I thought you might find interesting/funny/entertaining 🙂 Enjoy! Shopping for kids clothes can be a lot of fun, but it can also be expensive, time consuming, and often frustrating. Nobody really minds shopping for the little ones, but getting […]