Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lyric's Fourth Birthday

My Beautiful Daughter, Lyric,

My Sweet, Loving, and Wonderful baby girl. You are turning four today.

Four fantastic years old!

I am not sure how that is even possible.

I thought that you were never going to come along. But you finally decided to make your grand appearance.

And the waiting was so worth it. You are the baby that we were meant to have.

Days old...

I thought that I knew what it would be like to be a mother.

I thought that I knew what it meant to love.

Then, you arrived and taught me that, in fact, I knew very little.

One year old...

You taught me that once you have a child, you are more vulnerable that I had ever thought possible.

You showed me that watching you sleep was the most important thing that I could do on any given afternoon.

Two years old...

Loving you has shown me that I can't control everything. 

That sometimes the most amazing moments come from letting go just a little bit.

That sometimes it's better to let life guide us just a bit.

You have taught me to laugh at myself, because nothing makes you laugh harder.

Three years old...

You have helped me to realize that throwing caution to the wind every once in a while doesn't have to be scary.

You have taught me that the amount of love that the heart can hold is endless.

That just when I am certain that I couldn't possibly love you more, you make my heart nearly explode.

Four years old...

You have shown me that life passes by us ever so quickly.

I don't want to waste a single moment of this time that I've been given to share with you.

You have brought me more joy that I had ever dreamed possible.

Happy Birthday, My Beautiful Baby.

With more love than you can possibly imagine, 


November 25th, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homemade Finger Paint!

Thanks to Pinterest I found some easy to make Edible Finger Paints.

I made the paints last night and then this afternoon the kiddos and I enjoyed painting with them. They had a weird texture to them. And I don't think that they tasted very well. I managed to keep Lyric from eating it. But with Michael.... That was a little harder. He managed to sneak a little taste here and there. And he wasn't too into painting. He did stick his fingers in it a couple of times, but didn't really paint on the paper. I knew that he was getting tired because as Lyric was finishing up he was rubbing his eyes and his face. And can you imagine what happened when he started to rub his face. The paint that was on his hands went straight to his face and his eyes. I wasn't able to get a good picture of his face after he rubbed his face. 

Lyric loved the paints. She didn't want to stop. :) It is going to be another go to paint in the future. I think that she liked the feel of them. She would scoop the blob of paint up that I put on her paper and would smear it across her paper. Then she started to mix all the paints in her hands and then would go about and make her masterpiece.

The Recipe:
1/2 C Cornstarch
3-4 Tbsp Sugar
2 C Water

Mix in a saucepan over low-medium heat until it becomes thick but smooth. Let cool. Scoop into bowls or cups and add food coloring.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Homemade Pancakes

So, Monday morning and this morning I made egg-less pancakes. I wanted pancakes but didn't have any eggs. So, I got to looking on the computer for pancakes that didn't involve eggs. Well, I found a very easy recipe. And it tasted wonderful! And both the kiddos enjoyed them as well. They both out ate me. But that doesn't surprise me. Lyric ate 4 pancakes Monday and this morning and Mikey ate 3 pancakes Monday and this morning. I can see these pancakes in our very near future again. Like probably next week if not this weekend. :)

After we ate breakfast we cleaned up. Lyric wiped down their table and I vacuumed the floor, with Michael's help of course. I've got some pretty amazing kids, I must admit. Even if they don't listen to me very well. :(

Now, you probably want the recipe... Huh?
I found this recipe over at Rak's Kitchen.

I added a few things to them to make them a bit sweeter. :)
I used:
2 c flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
a dash of salt
1 tbsp of cinnamon
2 c milk
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp or so of vanilla

1. mix all of the dry ingredients first.
2. add the milk, oil, and vanilla. mix well. let sit for 10 minutes.
3. heat griddle. 
4. pour batter, do not spread. heat until bubbles pop and the color changes. then flip and heat the other side until finished. 
5. serve with butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and/or syrup. however your heart desires.
6. enjoy!

"Slamming Doors"

The other night I was working on getting the kiddos ready for bed. But they had no desire to come to me to get diapers/pull ups on and jammies put on. Instead they wanted to play in their room and open and close the bedroom door. They both got a hit out of it. Michael's face was just priceless! He was having a blast!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CVS Trip of 4.8.14

I think that this may be one of my best couponing trips yet. :) I feel that I did really, really well. Although, I am still learning. :)
I think that I kept my out of pocket expenses to a minimum. 
Here is a break down of my transactions and my spendings and savings.

The diapers alone are a good deal. I got 154 diapers for $15 as where at Costco (where I normally go I can get 162 diapers for $38.99) That's saving $23.99!  

Spent: $38.08
Before Coupons/ECBs: $172.74
Saved: $134.66
Savings of: 78%

Trans #1
Gillette Venus Razor $11.49
BIC Hybrid Advance 3 Disposable Razors (6 ct.) $7.79
BIC Soleil Disposable Razors (4 ct.) $7.29 half off $3.64
BIC is BOGO 50%
Buy (1) Gillette get $5 ECB
Total: $22.57
Coupons/ECBs: $16
Out of Pocket: $6.92
Saved: $19.65
Savings: 74%

Trans #2
8 - CVS Antacid Flavor Chews (12 ct.) $1.49 ea.
Buy (1) get $1.49 ECB LIMIT 10.
Total: $11.92
Coupons/ECBs: $5
OOP: $6.92
Saved: $5
Savings: 42%

Trans #3
4 - CVS Diapers (27 ct.) 2/$10
2 - CVS Nighttime Diapers (23 ct.)  2/$10
CVS Diapers normally $9.29 ea.
Spend $30 get $10 ECB
Total: $30
Coupons/ECBs: $15
OOP: $15
Saved: $47.14
Savings: 76%

Trans #4
3 - Herbal Essence Shampoo 2/$6
3 - Herbal Essence Conditioner 2/$6
Herbal Essence normally $4.49 ea.
Total: $18
Coupons/ECBs: $19
OOP: Less than TAX! :)
Saved: $27.94
Savings: 104%

Trans #5
Zarbees Seasonal Relief $7
Normally $9.49
Buy (1) Zarbees get $7 ECB
Total: $7
Coupons/ECBs: None :(
OOP: $7
Saved: $2.49
Savings: 26%

Trans #6
3 - Bags of Brookside Chocolates 2/$6
1 - Bag of Lancaster Candies 2/$6
Normally $4.49 ea.
Total: $12
Coupons/ECBs: $12
OOP: TAX! :)
Saved: $17.96
Savings: 100%

Trans #7
2 - Nivea Body Wash 2/$8
2 - Nivea Lotions $2.87 ea.
Body Wash normally $5.99 ea.
Total: $13.74
Coupons/ECBs: $10.50
OOP: $3.24
Saved: $14.48
Savings: 82%

OOP does not include Tax.