Tuesday, March 26, 2013

{Project 52} Try Something New


I am behind again. It's pretty much the story of my life. I usually start out so excited and go in full force and then life happens and things get in the way, and excuses are made and I slack and fall behind.

I'm sure I'm not the only one. But sometimes in this bloggy world, I seem like it. I have no clue how some Mommas stay on top of everything and take care of their children. I'm currently rewashing (for the 3rd time) a load of laundry because I keep forgetting about it.

When I started this Project 52 challenge, I really wanted to get into it. I didn't want to half ass it. I've been known to half ass a lot of things, and this one - I really wanted to do wholeheartedly. I hung out on AwesomelyAwake and I loved everything about Shawn. Her stories and inspiration were just that, inspiring to me.

When Cherish the Wow was introduced, I knew I needed to sign up. It was in our budget and it was something new. Something for me. Something to help me focus on the now. Not the yesterday or the tomorrow. To really see the wonders happening around me.



We're on our 3rd challenge this week and I am so happy I signed up for this eCourse. Not only have I been exposed to many different women from all different backgrounds and parts of the world, sharing my stories and actually journaling has helped me find my voice again.

Journaling has always been something I have enjoyed and I have had a journal of some kind for as long as I can remember. Something happened at some point and I stopped writing. I stopped writing here and journaling. And that's when the noise in my head grew louder and louder. It's amazing how reflecting and writing it out, quiets the mind. I think I needed to stop writing for a time to really appreciate how much writing things out actually helps me.

So that's my Try Something New. Joining the Cherish the Wow eCourse and getting back to writing. I plan on sharing some of my Wow moments in the weeks to come. It's amazing how many there are when you just slow down and pay attention.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Activity for Kids


I have to be honest, I don't decorate much for Easter. As much as it upsets my grandmother, who is the queen of decorating for every holiday, I just don't care much about Easter decor. I'd rather decorate for spring and keep it up for awhile, than for one day.

That said, the kids like to make crafts and projects, so seeing that it's still snowing here, and I don't feel like carting them out of the door in 20 degree temperatures, while the snow is blowing sideways and both of them are crying because their noses are cold and they want to eat the snow. Can ya tell I've had enough!? I figured a simple Easter activity would be fun. And it helps beat the boredom, even if it was for only 3 minutes and 17 seconds! Yeah, I counted. When I found this fun activity over at Little Wonders' Days I couldn't wait to try it out! 

So, here is what we made on a cold and snowy March day.




We made this while Landon was napping. Craft time with Landon is more like, fighting to keep everything out of his mouth or away from the dog. Sometimes it's just easier to do it when he's sleeping. He does like to watch but again only for a few seconds.

To make these marbleized Easter eggs you'll need

constriction paper/card stock in your choice of colors
foam shaving cream
acrylic paint
knife/toothpick/stick
squeegee or a piece of card stock








...Linking up to these fabulous parties...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

{Project 52} Say Yes.


I'm a little behind in {Project 52} challenges. Week 8 is Say Yes. I am not going to lie, sometimes it is easier for me to just say no. No play doh. No movies. No we can't go outside. There is no real reason for me to say no. Besides it may be a little too cold outside - it is Buffalo and March. Its still pretty cold.

As for the play doh or movies. Its mainly because I just don't want the added mess. Or noise. But I sound like a real big buzz kill and even I get sick of myself saying no all the time.

So I've been working more on saying yes. Really, there is no harm in saying yes if it's something that's not dangerous. I've been involving Oliver more in the kitchen with me. He loves to help me cook and for awhile I would tell him no, only because it was faster for me to get dinner cooked without the distraction of a 3 year old. Once I stopped to think about the memories I was making with him, how I would always include him in baking or making meals before Landon got here or when Landon was a newborn, I felt guilty. I don't want him remembering me saying no to everything. How fair is that?

So saying yes more. At first, it was a little more work on me. More things to do (clean up all the play doh off the floor) taking longer to make meals etc. But now its actually fun. And he's happier. He just wanted to be included.

Saying yes doesn't have to for big things, sometimes just saying yes to an extra cookie or another bedtime story is all it takes to make a memory and put a little smile on a sweet little boys face.


Yes, we're all made up to look like cats! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Roasted Cinnamon Chick Peas


I'm still here. Did you think that I packed up and left for good? To be honest, somedays I think about it. But then something draws me back in. I want my kids to know how life was when they were 3 and 1. The problem with that is, they don't give me much time to document anything that is going on in our lives. Demanding little buggers they are.  When I do find the time to write, I find that I don't really want too. Its a weird and dumb cycle. If you're still sticking around, thanks. It really does mean a lot to me to know that people get enjoyment out of reading about our daily life and struggles. 

I'll try to post more. I promise. 

I do have something fun for you today. I figure if I come back I better bring food. Who doesn't enjoy food? 

The boys are pigs. They are eating me out of house and home, I can't imagine what life is going to be like when they are teenagers!! I have been trying to find some creative snack options. The usual graham crackers, animal crackers and even fruit are getting old. 

Thanks to this awesome recipe from Shawn Can Blog, I may have found a new favorite for the kids, and me! 






Cinnamon Chick Peas

1 can chick peas, washed, drained and dried. 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
1/4 cup honey 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash your chick peas and dry them on a towel. 
2. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together 
3. In a large bowl add the chick peas and honey, cover with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Stir. 
4. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the peas on the cookie sheet. Pour the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. 
5. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. (I kept mine in for 30 minutes) 




Yes. Yes he does have a cat nose and whiskers on. 3 year olds are strange little creatures. 



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