The Whale Tells His Side of the Story – Funny Twist on the Story of Jonah

Hey God there's some guy named Jonah
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: How could I pass up a book with a whale saying he was going to throw up on the front when it was offered to me to review? Clearly I needed to share it with you all and affiliate link it to Amazon in case you must check it out also. As always, all nitpicky opinions and Sunday School remembrances are my own!

The story of Jonah is one of the most well known in the entire Bible. If you have children and you go to church at all, they have probably heard this story more than once–and most likely have heard it over and over.

That’s why when I saw The Whale Tells His Side of the Story: Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! I knew I that love it or hate it I needed to check it out!

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OSS Week 2 & Kushyfoot Feet!

Operation Short Shorts continues plus super fun, cute Kushyfoot Feet pictures!
As a reminder:
last week was Week 2 April 21-27th: Write Down Sweets Eaten Daily (same mentality as before-I’m not going to be trying to cut back yet, but this will make me more aware of how many I’m consuming each day)
Week 2 went well, though not quite as well as Week 1. I did record but the whole week was a little off for one reason or another. I did record and payed more attention to what I was eating so that helped, and I continued with more fruits and veggies–yey and yum!
The scale: Since I’ve actually been eating more food lately I’m hanging out right around the same, expecting the number to start dipping after…….
This week:
Week 3 April 28-May 4th: Workout 3 times (these days it’s super hard for me to squeeze in even 2 workout a week, but as my friend reminded me, you do what you do not because it’s easy but because you’re determined!)
Fun stuff since how you look not only has to do with how you exercise, but how you dress—>
KushyFoot Mary Jane

This Is Our Time DVD

This Is Our Time DVD
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: We were sent a copy of This is Our Time because how will I critique it if I haven’t seen it? As you will read I always give my honest opinion which is, as is the cute film critiquing hubby I mention, all my own!

When our expectations of life have a head on collision with the reality of life our faith can get tested to its max. In the book The Gospel Centered Woman Wendy talks about the “prosperity gospel of conservative Christianity” — the notion that if we are living for God, doing His will, and following what the Bible says we’re supposed to do then our lives will go well and we’ll be blessed. I do find that this tends to be the way we thinks as Christians–so how do we respond when we’re serving God and tragedy strikes?

This is the center theme to This Is Our Time  which follows the lives of five different students after they graduate from college. Each has great challenges to overcome as they seek what they should be doing and who they should become.

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Death To Ants!!!

Death To Ants
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: Because of all the nasty, biting ants around here I was thrilled when Combat offered to send us something to cause Death to Ants! All tales of terror, de-pantsed children, and up close ant pictures are my own.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I never used to wish Death to Ants everywhere. Because, you see, in Wyoming ants are pretty cool. It’s fun to watch them work and I spent hours doing so as a child.

Here in Texas, however, the ants are of a whole different variety. And these itty bitty guys you can barely see in the picture above have NASTY tempers. The red ants in Wyoming were mean, too, but they were huge and as long as you left them well enough alone they’d do the same for you.

There is no such luck with these little Texas ants though Both Amber and Tyler have accidentally stepped into their paths (not even the PILES–just the path the ants were traveling) during play-dates which I found out by their screams as they got bit by a bunch of them.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes & Activites

Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: To help us get our Cinco de Mayo on and throw our own little party on we’re being compensated for this post through Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All heritage references, thoughts on partying, and salivating over recipes are my own.

Can you believe it’s almost Cinco de Mayo? I have no idea how it could almost be May but it is! Although our family usually just celebrates the “big” holidays (You know–Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter) this year I’ve thought it might be fun if we started celebrating the “littler” holidays as well–especially those that are part of our history and heritage. I’m 1/4 Italian and 1/8th Irish and Spanish.

Because of my Spanish heritage (and the fact that any excuse to eat Mexican food is welcome) this year we’ll be doing some fun, simple things to celebrate Cinco De Mayo so I thought I’d share them with you along with a two super tasty looking new recipes!

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Princess Dress Up For Girls

Princess Dress Up for Girls
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: Amber was bouncing up and down when she got to select a Princess Dress Up costume to review. All poses, swirls, and Disney nostalgia are our own.

If you have ever had a child between the ages of 2 and 6 in your life you probably realize that dress is up vitally important–especially for girls! Dressing up as a princess, especially, seems vital at this age. Now–before you go and start waving those equality banners high let me first mention that while our dress up trunk is filled to the hilt with puffy, glittery, swirly tutus and floor length gowns it’s also full of Fireman outfits, Doctor kits, and Astronaut gear!

There really is something about being a princess that is just engrained into our DNA as girls–and I think me and Amber got a little extra dose of it! Even when I got married my criteria was that I wanted to look “Like a Disney Princess” Tiara, big poofy ball gown, sparkles and all!

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Things To Do in East Texas – Mineola Nature Preserve

Things to Do in East TX, Mineola Nature Preserve

So first I have to give a shout out to my amazing Moms Inc. group. I loved my MOPs group in Boston so much that as soon as we got down here I stared hunting for a new group to be a part of. Through the MOPs website I found a group that was formerly a MOPs group but this year went a slightly different direction and became Moms Inc. which combines all the best things from Mops, playdates, and Meetup type groups!

A few weeks ago for our table’s playdate we headed over to the Mineola Nature Preserve just outside of Mineola, TX. We had never been there before and I was so impressed with how awesome it was that I wanted to share it with you–if you’re in the area definitely check it out! All kinds of wonderful outdoor fun and it’s free!

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The Octonauts Sound the Alert!

The Octonauts Toys
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: Tyler’s birthday came a few months early when these darling toys arrived at our doorstep. All picky opinions on toys, second moms, and cute kiddo and toy pictures are my own.

When it comes to toys and kids tv shows my Mother-in-Law and I often have differences of opinions (she knows I love her dearly and we are living together at the moment so I’m allowed to poke fun at her now and again–yes, Mom, I AM difficult to live with).

I’m slightly snobbish all about old school toys that are more about fostering creativity and imaginative play then they are how many bells, whistles, and annoying sounds come along with it. When it comes to shows they need to be educational, cute, and not annoying for me to watch (since I’m always sitting right there watching it with the kiddos)! My second Mom’s top toy priorities are cute, funny, noisy (but only if it’s hokey noisy–like the shrieking cow or a hamster that sings Kung Foo Fighting) and as far as shows go as long as it doesn’t have talking toilets in it she’s usually good.

One area where our tastes actually overlap is Fisher Price toys. I love that their Little People toys are heavy duty, darling, and encourage lots of imaginative play. She loves them because they’re just stinking cute. One of the shows we both agree on is The Octonauts — me because it it’s cute, not annoying, and it teaches about the oceans the creatures, and their environments. My second Mom likes it for the same reasons–and the kids watch it! So when I found out that Fisher Price was coming out with an entire line of Octonaut Toys available at Toys R Us…well, you can only imagine that it was only a matter of time before they became a part of our household!

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OSS Week 2 & A Brand New Blog Look!


smell the Azalea's
Here is me stopping to smell the Azalea’s!

So a couple of exciting things today! First off over the weekend I took a *huge* leap and moved this lovely blog from my beloved Blogger Platform to WordPress–this hopefully means a prettier, more professional, more user friendly experience for all of you! Please let me know what you think of my new look!

The second for today is my update on how Operation Short Shorts is going! This past week was Week 1 April 14-20th: Write Down Fruits and Veggies Eaten Daily

I did great with this, I just wrote it in the notes section of my planner and I was good to go–yey! 🙂 Here is my record:

  • Monday: Lettuce, Tomato, & Avocado (on a turkey wrap); Cutie; Strawberry Fields Salad <–recipe coming soon
  • Tuesday: Strawberries; Steamed Broccoli; Salad w/ red pepper; Carrots; Tomatoes & Avacado
  • Wednesday: Strawberries; Steamed Broccoli; Carrots; Strawberry Fields Salad
  • Thursday: Strawberries; Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower; Carrots; Strawberry Fields Salad
  • Friday: Strawberries; Carrots, Strawberry Fields Salad
  • Saturday: Strawberries, Carrots
  • Sunday: Strawberries; Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower; Carrots; Strawberry Fields Salad

The Scale: Was aaalll over the place this week one day down to 133.8 then bouncing up to 135.6 so I really have no idea! I’m not too worried about it at this point though!

This week’s plan: Week 2 April 21-27th: Write Down Sweets Eaten Daily (same mentality as before-I’m not going to be trying to cut back yet, but this will make me more aware of how many I’m consuming each day)  I’ll still be continuing to eat more fruits and veggies as well!

Let me know what you think of my new design and tell me how your weight loss or wellness journey is going this week!

35 Minute Meal with Homemade Secret Ingredient Sauce Recipe

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So by now my “cheat night” meals are becoming a bit infamous–pretty soon you all are going to ask if I ever make meals from scratch! (which, I do, I promise!!) I have to admit that nearly many things I make fall into the “semi-homemade” category. It’s just so nice to be able to whip together a quick easy meal, and having part of it being “dump and bake” gives you time to focus on making the other part from scratch and extra special!