Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sweet Cinnamon Apple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Are you ready to bring new life to your boring plan oatmeal? Are ready to get rid of that instant oatmeal with additives? I have a quick and easy recipe for some delicious sweet cinnamon apple brown sugar oatmeal.

What you'll need: 
1 cup of oatmeal (your favorite brand)
1/2 an apple cut into chunks
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of brown sugar

Cook your oatmeal according to the package. Throw in your apple chunks, cinnamon, and brown sugar as it simmers, stirring occasionally. Let it thicken and enjoy!

It's quick and easy to make a healthy homemade breakfast with oatmeal and apples. To keep it healthy, I like to use Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats. 

I'd love to hear how you spruce up your oatmeal, share below!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Parenting Is Hard!

No matter how you parent, it is challenging. There are so many ways to parent. So many variables, styles, techniques, methods, and situations. At the end of each day what counts is that you are present. You have tried and you continue to do your best. 

It does not matter if you spank your kids or use time out. It does not matter if you support the cry it out method at night or co sleeping. It does not matter if you breastfeed or formula feed. It does not matter what choices you make as a parent because the fact is you are making choices. No one can take that away from you. 

The relationship you build with your children will last a lifetime. That is between you and your children. No one can judge you as a parent and they shouldn't. Don't let others drive you to curb your instincts to make decisions you're not comfortable with. So no matter what choices you make as a parent, they are yours to make. 

I want to touch on the other side of this subject. Don't judge others for the way they choose to parent their child. It is not up to you to ridicule and point out all the wrong. It's not up to you to tell another they are making the wrong choices. This happens more often with family members. 

As the outsider looking in, it's clear to you all the wrong choices that are being made. Pointing out all the flaws isn't helpful to the person in it everyday. If you are on the outside of the situation and want to help, check yourself that you want to help for the right reasons; you want to help because you care. If you offer advice out of love and care, it will be much more appreciated. Don't point out all the wrong choices, rather highlight all the wonderful things. Offer reading materials or resources for the parent to read and choose to implement on their own.  

Parenting is one of the most challenging parts of life, but also the most rewarding. Enjoy the children in your care and make each moment count. 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Great Special From Green Kid Crafts

Are you looking for the perfect gift that will last for your child, or grandchild? Or have you been waiting to sign up for a subscription to Green Kid Crafts? Here is the perfect gift that keeps on giving. I'm not just saying that because it sounds good, it really does keep giving, every month. Black Friday weekend is the perfect time to sign up! 

 Green Kid Craft's Black Friday weekend sale has some very deep discounts that only come once a year. Click the picture below for more information or to sign up! 

Have you tried Green Kid Crafts? Share your experience in the comments below.
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Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm Mom

I am a mom.

I am used to waking up early and going to bed late. I am used to eating the burnt parts of dinner and eating the children's scraps, so it doesn't go to waste. I am used to thinking of myself last, if at all.

I have ten hundred things to do and do ten things at once.

I have been spit up on, pooped on, and farted on by little beings.

I am a go getter... I go get the kids from school, practice, or wherever. I go get the lunchbox out of the car when no else wants to and I go get milk when we are out.

I have that can do attitude, because if I don't do it, it won't get done. 

I only have time to myself when I'm taking a shower or going potty, even then, it's a full on intrusion. 

I have said "no" a hundred times in a hundred different ways. 

I am a best friend, mediator, an entertainer. I'm the chef, nurse, and teacher.

I am a boo kisser, story teller, and the best tucker inner at night.

I am a party planner and a meal planner.

I do the work of a thousand men with just the right gentleness of one mom.

I offer my time, knowledge, and experience to help my children learn the ways of this world.

I hold the hearts of these little beings in my hand while they have mine.

Not only am I a mom, I am a woman full of pride. Proud of the little beings that I have created and molded. I appreciate those little moments that I share with my children every day.

I may be many things to others, but a mom to a few. The three boys who want to marry me someday and my little lady who looks at me with a grin every time.


The only thing you can be sure of in life, is that things are ever changing. It seems that when seem just right and you are most comfortable, bam! Everything changes. Sometimes for the good and sometimes not so good. But it is sure that no matter what life brings you, it is only temporary.

This keeps happening to me. Especially lately. Since the move back to South Florida, it has been nonstop changing. First, I was a stay at home mom, then my old child are center wanted me back. So, I went to work, then our school was sold. It has been nothing but changes since the new owner came along. Many wonderful changes, toward an Eco friendly school, technology in the classrooms, cleaner methods of sanitizing. It has been quite interesting to be a part of all this change. 

With change comes some level of comfort, especially when that change brought a more gentle person into your life. I went from a brash, crude co teacher to a sweet lady who appreciates the children, so much so she even brought in a snow cone machine from her house with all of her syrups to make snow cones for the children. Today when I was leaving work, she said "I think I'll pop some popcorn for the children, they love popcorn." She just loves what she does and that's great.

I feel so blessed that I have people in my life who are caring, gentle and understanding. She is such a blessing and welcomed addition to our school and more so to our classroom.

Here we go with the change again as summer quickly approaches. My new loving co teacher will soon be off to host summer camp for the older children while I stay back and take care of the prek kids. Don't get me wrong, I love my little ones, but the camp trips are so much fun. It goes without saying, life is forever changing.

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