How to Lounge…Lesson 1

Lounge tip # 1:  Take time to smell the flowers (literally).

Don’t flowers just make you feel good?  Today, go grab a bunch of your favorite flowers and put them where ever you will see them most often.  Just seeing and smelling your flowers will make you smile 🙂 ! If you are allergic, look at some flowers through a window, or maybe in a magazine (LOL)!

*Once you put the kids down, take some time to your self and try our recommended momtea or momtini*

Chi Tea

1 Black tea bag or for decaf use a decaffeinated red tea.

1 3-inch piece stick cinnamon

2 c. milk

2 tbsp. raw sugar or honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. ground ginger

1/8 tsp. ground cardamom

In a small saucepan combine tea bag, the cinnamon stick and 1/2 c. water.  Bring to boil.  Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand fro 5 minutes.  Remove and discard tea back and cinnamon stick.  Stir the milk, sugar, vanilla, ginger, and cardamom into the tea. Cook and stir over medium heat just until mixture is heated through (don’t boil).  Top with a dollop of whip cream and enjoy!!

If you don’t feel like making it from scratch

Source– Better Homes and Gardens

 

* Instead of eating the cake batter out of the bowl why not sip it from a glass!*

Vanilla Cake Batter

Very sweet, but yummy!

2 oz Vanilla Flavored Vodka
1 oz Pineapple Juice
Sugar

Fill mixing tin with ice. In the mean time, chill a martini glass by filling with ice and water. Put the vodka and juice in the mixing tin, top with mixing glass and shake. Dump the ice/water out of the martini glass. Make sure the rim of glass is moist (use some pineapple juice) and dip in sugar. Strain the drink from the tin into the glass. Yummy. But this is one of those drinks where 1 or 2 is enough…then it’s really too sweet.

Source–http://www.squidoo.com/momtini

 

 

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Laugh, laugh, laugh!

TGIF!!!! Wooo hooo!

Today we want you to take a cue from your children and just laugh without restraint.  Children laugh over 300 times a day while adults laugh less than 20 times a day. What happens to us as we age–too much stress and worries? Luckily now that you are a Mom you can benefit from your childs unconditional laughter. Try not take life so seriously–the moments when you would only smile you should replace with a big laugh. The only way to enjoy your days with your children is to be fully in the moment with them. It has helped us both out a lot by making our housekeeping schedules by allowing time during the day to actually just be with our kids and not worry about the “work.”

We found some health benefits that a good hearty laugh can provide for you;  

A good hearty laugh can help:

  • reduce stress
  • lower blood pressure
  • elevate mood
  • boost immune system
  • improve brain functioning
  • protect the heart
  • connect you to others
  • foster instant relaxation
  • make you feel good

Source–http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

Below are some hilarious funny mom stories that are sure to tickle your funny bone! When kids are around there is never a dull moment. If you have any funny stories you want to share then leave them in our comment box. We would love to hear them!
Funny Moms Stories #1
I walked into a hair salon with my husband and three kids in tow and  asked loudly, “How much do you charge for a shampoo and a blow job?”   I turned around and walked back out and never went back.  My husband didn’t say a word…   he knew better.

Funny Moms Stories #2:
I was at the golf store comparing different kinds of golf balls. I was unhappy with the women’s type I had been using.   After browsing for several minutes, I was approached by one of the good-looking gentlemen who works at the store. He asked if he could  help me.  Without thinking, I looked at him and said, “I think I like playing  with men’s balls.”

Funny Moms Stories #3:
My sister and I were at the mall and passed by a store that sold a  variety of candy and nuts.
As we were looking at the display case, the boy behind the counter asked if we needed any help.  I replied, “No, I’m just looking at your nuts.”  My sister started to laugh hysterically.  The boy grinned, and I turned beet-red and walked away.  To this day, my sister has never let me forget.

Funny Moms Stories #4:
While in line at the bank one afternoon, my toddler decided to release some pent-up energy and ran amok.  I was finally able to grab hold of her after receiving looks of   disgust and annoyance from other patrons.  I told her that if she did not start behaving “right now” she would be punished. 
To my horror, she looked me in the eye and said in a voice just as  threatening, “If you don’t let me go right now, I will tell Grandma that I saw you kissing Daddy’s pee-pee last night!”  The silence was deafening after this enlightening exchange.  Even the tellers stopped what they were doing.  I mustered up the last of my dignity and walked out of the bank with my daughter in tow.  The last thing I heard as the door closed behind me,  were screams of laughter. 

Funny Moms Stories #5:
Have you ever asked your child a question too many times?  My three-year-old son had a lot of problems with potty training and I  was on him constantly.  One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch in between errands.  It was very busy, with a full dining room.  While enjoying my taco, I smelled something funny, so of course I   checked my seven-month-old daughter, and she was clean.  Then I realized that Danny had not asked to go potty in a while.
I asked him if he needed to go, and he said “No”. 
I kept thinking “Oh Lord, that child has had an accident, and I don’t  have any clean clothes with me.” 
Then I said, “Danny, are you SURE you didn’t have an accident?”   “No,” he replied.  I just KNEW that he must have had an accident, because the smell was  getting worse. 
So, I asked one more time, “Danny, did you have an accident?”  This time he jumped up, yanked down his pants, bent over, spread his cheeks and yelled “SEE MOM, IT’S JUST FARTS!!” 
While 30 people nearly choked to death on their tacos laughing, he calmly pulled up his pants and sat down.  An older couple made me feel better, thanking me for the best laugh hey’d ever had!

Funny Moms Stories #6
This one had most of the state of Michigan laughing for 2 days and a  very embarrassed female news anchor who will, in the future, likely  think before she speaks.  What happens when you predict snow, but don’t get any?  We had a female news anchor who,the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn’t, turned to the weatherman and asked:
“So Bob, where’s that 8 inches you promised me last night?”
Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too, they
were laughing so hard!

Source:

http://webmomz.com/Parenting/Parenting_Funny_Mom_Stories.shtml

Again Happy Friday and Take care! Kalisha and Reneca

Come back tomorrow for the start of our Saturday post; Lounge Tip/Momtini and Sunday for Speechless Sunday.

 

Turning over a new leaf

This morning has been so leasurely.  The girls are with grandma and grandpa, and DJ is sleeping.  Nia, the little girl I watch during the week, is the only munchkin around.  Its funny how with three kids if one of them is gone you feel like a load has been lifted, but with two gone… its almost heaven! 🙂  It was nice to be able to do the morning deal without interuption.

Anyways, on Tuesday I made a decision to turn over a new leaf.  Tuesday usually ends up being the day that I do like a million loads of laundry. These is a feat that many moms do, but they also do two important things afterwards…they fold and put the clothes away. I don’t know what it is, maybe I have some repressed memory about being trapped in a pile of clean clothes, but I DO NOT like folding clothes.  So instead, for some reason I decide to do each load and put them on the couch downstairs (we don’t really use that couch). “Come on Reneca… why would you do that????!!”  So the pile would get bigger through out the day and come evening when I had one less child (Nia); I would go to the clothes with full intention to fold them all and SCREAM!  

To say the least, doing things this way was not helpful at all.  The clothes would sit there the through the next day, and which would turn into the next day and then the next.  I would always have every intention to fold them and put them away, but there would always be (in my mind) something more important to do. This all changed on Tuesday.  I made a decision to actuallymake change.  Since I already had a cleaning schedule, which for one reason or another had been tossed to the side, I pulled it out and looked at the days I planned to wash clothes.  Every day I would do a load of laundry.  One day was white clothes, two days for washing darks, a day for DJs clothes, one for the girls, and another for towels and sheets.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how much easier life would be to actually stick to this schedule. 

With my new afirmation…  “I can do laundry! Folding clothes is fun!”, I folded an put a way the rest of the clothes from the week before. Then I played catch up washing Monday’s load.  After each load I folded then and put them a way.  But I took it one step further.  I ironed all the clothes that needed to be hung up. I had never done that before, but it has already made a huge difference.  Duan hasn’t had to iron, making his day a little easier; and the getting the girls ready has gone so much smoother. 

I called my mother in-law and told her “I turned over a new leaf!”.  For me it was a huge leaf.  It just goes to show that when you make a plan and stick with it (remeber fail to plan, plan to fail) you will be less stressed and bogged down with work from the previous day that didn’t done.  I”ll let you all know how my laundry adventure goes.

Much love, Reneca

Start chores while they are young!

Since we are on a schedule/chore kick; why not get your kids involved too. Children benefit from having a role in the daily operations of the family. It teaches them responsibility and how to start, follow through and complete a job. It is better to introduce chores at an early age and show them that they are a natural part of family life now when they are eager and open . You can start your child off with chores around 2 years old. There are different types of chore charts that you can make or print from the internet. Below we will list some ideas for your child’s age.

Age 2-3:

Toddlers will be the most eageer to take on small, easily mastered tasks that make them more self-sufficient. Make a chore chart that lists each child’s job using pictures to illustrate the task. With Journey’s chart we used felt pieces and pictures so when she completed the days chore she could match the picture with a felt piece to visually show she completed her job. It is important to keep their excitement and the habit of helping alive with encouragement and fun. By making their chores like a game they are more likely to enjoy.

  • Dust with a sock on their hand; Using googly eyes and some yarn make the sock look like a favorite animal or person
  • Pick up their toys; make believe the toys need to go to sleep in their “garage or toy box bed”
  • Putting dirty clothes in the hamper
  • watering plants; fill a squirt bottle for them to use to water plants
  • feeding a pet
  • turning off the lights as they’re carried from room to room
  • taking napkins to the dinner table each night
  • help unload the dishwasher

Age 4-5

Preschoolers are ready to do chores without constant supervision. Rewards are very motivating so using a sticker chart that allows you to build up to bigger rewards can be appropriate. Tying chores to an allowance is a great option and it fosters independence in choosing a reward. I have a revision for this post. I just spoke with my mommy group leader, Karen, and she strongly suggested to not use rewards. That doing the chores was enough and to make the child understand that doing chores is just apart of daily life and how they contribute to the family. Simple praise and acknowledgement is good enough.

  • All the above chores plus;
  • carrying/putting away groceries
  • help out in cooking/preparing good
  • set the table
  • daily/weekly care of your pet; brushing, help with bath
  • vacuum with a dust buster
  • clean up their messes

Age 6-8

At this age they may or may not still have their childlike enthusiasm, but they do have an overwhelming desire to be independent. You can guide them to become independent in thier chores and using a chore chart to keep track of their responsibilities both completed and pending.

  • All above chores plus;
  • take out trash
  • fold and put away laundry
  • take care of pets without help

If you have a child older than 8 yrs then you can check out this website with age appropriate chores. We made a sample chore chart using this really fun and FREE program. You can see it here. These are just examples you can customize your child’s chores to fit your family lifestyle. Remember to encourage–not nag and always keep it fun. Goodluck and happy chores! 🙂

Kalisha and Reneca
 

 

 

Schedules are for Nerds!

One day as I was trying to play a game with Faith, watch Martha Stewart, shell and eat pistachios, and sew letters onto this felt square and talk on the phone I realized that I over multi-task! You think!? I kept thinking to myself how hard it was to do all this stuff and I couldn’t even pay attention to what Martha was saying. DUH! The idea never occured to me, but after giving it some thought I do over multi-task. Sometimes I pride myself in it. You know–let’s see how many things a one time can I do. Journey would say, “Super Mom! Dun dun dun daaa!” Accomplishing some Super Mom feat of changing a blowout diaper with my feet in the dark! HA!

So, going along with my plan to organize myself and my home I had to come to terms with the fact that I need a schedule. If only to keep me on track and make time throughout my day to just play and have fun with Journey and Faith, and if I’m in the mood have a lunch break with Brett 😉

I really don’t like the idea of schedules–never really have and never really followed any kind of schedule I would call myself making. But now is the time for me to get some self-disciplinge. I’m the kind of person who is always on time, but I really like to go with the flow–not by the clock. A crazy lady introduced me to the Power of Now and since then (and also since my watch broke and I gave up my cell phone) I hvae not been ruled by clock time. And the funny thing is I still do things at the same time just by instinct. If the girls and I go to the park in the morning then I check the clock before we leave and we always make it home by noon! Crazy…

Brett had suggested I make a schedule when I first had Journey. I always had a schedule of eating and nap times, but I resisted the schedule for myself thinking he was just trying to control me or something. In reality those are my own issues and he was just trying to help. Finally I have taken his advice and made a chore chart for myself and Journey too.

The whole point is to just free up my day so I’m not cleaning all day long. I made a firm before bedtime routine and when I wake up routine. One detail cleaning a day, sweep/swiffer floors everyday, and mop three times a week. So, now on Sunday I don’t have any hard chores to do–just laundry. Journey has one chore a week. I have a pic of her chore chart already in the computer so I will show you. She gives Sterling water, feeds Freddy, waters the plant, and if library books are due then she will gather them from the basket to return. So far things have been smoother and I’m not stressing about what needs to be done. Journey enjoys hers already. I told her that she will do one chore a day and at the end of the week she will get a special treat. Here is her chart. I made it out of felt and so when she completes her chore for the day she will move the corresponding shape under the right day, showing that she completed it.

I will post a pic of my schedule (did you know typing the word schedule is giving me such a hard time!) anyway, I will post one as soon as a can. Oh yeah, here is a mission statement that I found. I thought it was cool…

Housekeeping Mission Statement

To provide an inviting and peaceful household environment, for my family and all that enter, that is conducive to living simply,loving deeply and laughing abundantly. I will make strides everyday to achieve this by practicing and teaching good daily habits and routines along with effective organizational skills. I will graciously and cheerfully serve my family and genuinely enjoy my commitment to creating a home sanctuary that is above all else pleasing to God.

Pretty much sums it up. My goal is to not over  multi task so that I can fully focus on one chore at a time. Then I won’t feel overwhelmed and always like something is not done. Because it will be done! Hope your week goes well. Ok–before I go I have to vent about this. I wake up early every morning to have some quiet–and today and yesterday actually Sterling has been awake too! And his toenails are clicking the floor and I don’t know why he keeps following me around so early in the morning. Driving me crazy!

Take care, Kalisha

 

Recipes for the Picky Eater!

So, Happy Monday! Hope the weekend went well for you! We always are in constant food battle with our toddlers. One day all they will eat is cheese or the next only grapes! Some days the little picky eater’s will only eat things covered in cheese or it seems like nothing at all. Even though it is discouraging to still see a plate full of food on your toddlers plate don’t worry too much. Toddlers will get the nutrition they need to grow in a weeks time if at each meal they are offered healthy choices. Also, we as parents have to watch their portions. A Toddlers serving is a tablespoon per age of the child. It makes mealtime more pleasant if the child can eat without pressures of “cleaning their plate.” We have found that it doesn’t make the child feel overwhelmed so they usually eat what they are given. Also, make meals more simple and they are more likely to eat. Journey had a tortilla with melted cheese and a turkey roll up one day and loved it! Even if it seems all is lost with your picky eater just keep in mind that when they are hungry they will eat! These are a few ideas for mealtimes today that come from http://www.wholesometoddlerfood.com:

Breakfast:

This was my first time making egg smiles! Brett was confused saying that he thought I had made french toast and was wondering what I did to it! lol Kalisha

Toasted Egg Smiles

Prepare a frying pan with either pats of butter of non-stick spray. You need; 1 slice of bread, 1 egg, 1/4 milk or water, small slice of cheese.

Take the bread slice and cut out 2 circles for the eyes and a long curved hole for the mouth. Butter one side of the bread and lay in warmed frying pan, butter side down. As the bread begins to gry, scramble egg and milk (or water) together. Pour scrambled egg over the bread. Flip the whole thing once the egg in the eyes and mouth have set. Fry for a few more minutes depending how you like your egg. Prior to taking out of the pan, place a strip of cheese over the eyes to give your toasted egg smile some hair!

Lunch:

Stuffed Pitas

You will need; 1 whole grain or oat bran pita pocket, different stuffings such as cheese, turkey, chicken, pb & j, hummus, veggies

This is a good recipe to let your child make their own. Let them fill it with whatever they want. You might be surprised at the combinations, but even more suprised when they eat it!

You can warm in the toaster oven or microwave if you want. Serve with fruit slices, yogurt and a drink.

Dinner:

TOMATO & HAMBURGER

1 cup cooked hamburger (use ground turkey for a more healthy meal!)
1 1/4 cup cooked macaroni noodles
1/2 cup ketchup – add full can of tomatoes instead of ketchup if you like
1/8 cup tomato sauce
1/2 can tomatoes (stewed tomatoes are nice!)
dash Worcester sauce
1/3 cup cooked peas
1/3 cup cooked carrots

 

Combine ketchup, sauce, tomatoes and Worcester sauce. add hamburger and
noodles, peas and carrots. Serve warm.

Enjoy your meals today! Here are some ideas to make mealtimes fun! At Reneca’s place they make eating vegetables fun by “making a show” out of it. For example, when Kaleah takes a bite of a veggie that she doesn’t particularly like then the whole family applauds her, saying “Bravo! Bravo!” Relishing in the attention Kaleah kindly says, “Thank you, thank you.” At Kalisha’s house they play monster. Journey and Daddy will pretend to be “carrot monsters” eating their veggies ferociously! We both use the “there’s a party in your tummy” from Yo Gabba Gabba! Whatever tricks you use always have fun and eat well!

Take Care, Kalisha and Reneca

 

The many “hats” of a Mom

  1. Chef
  2. Repair Man
  3. Electrician
  4. Gardener
  5. Botanist
  6. Disney Movie critic
  7. Zoologist
  8. Housekeeper
  9. Dry cleaners/laundry facilitator
  10. Event Planner
  11. Nurse
  12. Veterinarian
  13. Grounds keeper
  14. Computer tech
  15. Plumber
  16. Craft artist
  17. Nutritionist
  18. Errand Runner
  19. Child advocate
  20. Librarian
  21. Accountant
  22. Driver/Chauffeur
  23. Stylist
  24. Beautician
  25. Counselor/Mediator
  26. Teacher/Tutor
  27. Personal Escort (you gotta take care of your man!)
  28. Sports Coach

 The actual job of being a Mom is more than just raising a child. We came up with a list of all the occupations that Mother’s master over the years. Now that you are a Mom suddenly you are an expert on all things and every word you speak is golden to your children. Sometimes through the monotony of the day we forget to appreciate all that we do accomplish. Being a Mom is a full-time plus overtime job. We don’t get a break unless you can pay for one! Our job as Mother’s is usually only paid with hugs and kisses, but if we were to get paid with cold hard cash this is how much you would make in a year! Print our your check and post it proudly on the fridge! We are sure there are many more jobs a Mother performs so if you have one to add please leave a comment to let us know!

In no way are we complaining or looking for more than hugs and kisses 🙂 It’s just cool to see exactly how much you are worth. As you go about your day; kissing boo boo’s, fixing toys, running errands and then tucking your little one’s into bed just remember that the peace after bedtime makes it all worth it.