MTV + Music= Music Videos

We just heard that MTV actually made a new website that actually shows music videos, www.mtvmusic.com! So, we wanted to reminisce and find a video from our childhood that we would want to hear and see again. We both decided it was a toss up between Poison by Bell Biv Devoe or  by Salt-n-Pepa. Sadly the only music video that Bell Biv Devoe had featured was Do Me…not really how we envisioned Friday morning going! Then we searched through the Salt-n-Pepa videos and found it! Shoop! This video and song bring back some good memories; singing it in the bathtub in the 5th grade, making up dances with our girlfriends and just singing it out loud! But when you really think about the actual lyrics of the song we never had any business singing it in the first place–that’s what’s great about being young and naive. Well, now we are definitely old enough to sing-a-long so we are sharing it with you!

Go to www.mtvmusic.com and tell us what music video you would want to see again!

Happy Friday,

Kalisha and Reneca

Thursday Thirteen #2: Let’s go to the pumpkin patch!

Written by: Reneca

It’s been one of those morning/nights again.  DJ wouldn’t go to sleep all night and the girls woke up at 6:00 am.  AHHHHHH!  Okay, woooosahh. 

Last Saturday the fam went up north to Erie to harvest some pumpkins.  We had lots of fun.  Here are 13 ways to have fun at the pumpkin patch.

 It’s a perfect opportunity to get family together.  (I didn’t realize we were taking a picture right by a big orange port-o-potty,  Great photo!) 

 

 You can see dangerous animals that may eat your fingers!  (LOL)

 You can feed dangerous animals….Goats.

 If you’ve ever wanted to wonder aimlessly through a bunch of corn , you can go to a corn maze.

When you think you’ll never get out of all the corn, you can take a break to take in the vast scenery.

This is the amazing scenery!

 It a great place for sisters to bond!

 It’s always fun to go on a hay ride!

 More dangerous animals to feed.  Buffalo.  (Duan, you know a Buff could beat your mountain sheep down!  GO CU!)

If you love ponys you can ride one.  (Okay, I know this is inhumane. We talked with the owners and they reassured us that they only work 2 days a week and are rotated out very frequently!)

You and Grandma can go pick a pumpkin!

Best part of going to the pumpkin patch… Jack-O-Lanterns. This Dora one turned out really good.  Kiara loves it.

Kaleah did a lot of this one by herself.

 

Go checkout some of the other Thursday Tirteen posts!

Wordless Wednesday

I'm a tree!

I'm a tree!

It’s Halloween!!!

Today is Wednesday. Alphabet Wednesday supposed to be Letter L Wednesday, but since it is Halloween we decided to interrupt our scheduled alphabet day and do some Homemade Halloween Crafts! Yea! This year with money being a little tight we found some decoration ideas that don’t cost anything.

Halloween Bats!

What you need:

  • Egg carton
  • black paint
  • googly eyes, sparkles, or different colored paint to just paint the eyes on
  • black yarn
  • glue and paint brushes

What to do:

1. Cut the egg carton into four pieces with each piece having three egg holder sections.

2. For each bat, cut out the wings by creating a scallop shape on the front of each of the two outside egg holder sections. Repeat on the back.

3. Paint the bats, inside and out, with black craft paint. Set aside to dry.

4. For each bat, make two small holes on the top of the middle section. A corn cob skewer is useful for this, but you could use the tip of your scissors. Insert thread, yarn or elastic thread into the holes and tie off.

5. Glue on the goggle eyes. If you don’t have any of these, you can draw a pair of eyes on a white piece of paper, cut out and glue in place.

6. Hang your bats as a Halloween decoration – it’s nice if you can hang them in front of a window to be seen from outside the house as well as inside your room.

 

Let’s Carve Pumpkins!!!

Here are some pumkin carving tips:
• Draw your design on the pumpkin with a water-based marker beforehand. Mistakes are erased easily with a damp sponge.

• Cut the top and any large areas with a sharp, straight-edged knife. A dull blade is not a safer alternative.

• Serrated metal saws, now widely available in carving kits, are a safer alternative to knives and allow younger children to get in on the action.

• Carve away from yourself; kids should carve only under adult supervision.

• Never hold the knife in a stabbing position.

• When carving, keep a portion of the knife blade in the pumpkin and use slow, steady saw strokes.

• Cut the lid at an angle so the outside diameter is larger than the inside.This prevents the top from falling into the pumpkin when it shrinks.

• Scoop out seeds and stringy flesh with a large spoon or ice cream scooper.

• Carve the facial features closest to the center first and work outward. Cut out the larger features in sections.

• Use an X-Acto knife for details and the tip of a potato peeler to make small circles and curves.

• Remove carved portions by gently pushing them into or out of the pumpkin.

• Reattach a section that is accidentally removed by using a toothpick to pin it back in place.

• Make design holes large enough to provide adequate ventilation for the candle.

• Flatten a spot in the base of the pumpkin for the candle but avoid digging too deep because the pumpkin becomes prone to rot.

• Make sure the flame is not too close to the top of the pumpkin.

• To prolong the life of the jack-o’-lantern, seal in moisture by coating all cut surfaces with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil, or cover it with a damp towel when not on display.

• Consider giving smaller children stickers, tempera paint, or markers to decorate their own pumpkins.

Source:Family Fun

*If you’ve been looking for some links for pumpkin stencils here is one for Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. A Dorastencil would also be fun. (Kiara and Journey will love this one!) But, if you’d like a more traditional pumpkin this is the page for you.

Have fun trying these fun Halloween activities.

Reneca and Kalisha

Tuesday Tip Jar…Kitchen hint

I feel like somedays I don’t leave the kitchen area except to use the restroom and even then I’m not alone! So, since my kitchen is one of the few spaces in the house that is exclusively mine I have a tip to make life a little easier.

Cleaning always has to be done, but I don’t like to spend all day doing it. Here are two helpful kitchen tips that make cleaning easier;

  1. To clean the glass of an oven door, sprinkly baking soda on a damp cloth; use circular motions to wipe over the entire door, dissovling baked on stains. Nice!
  2. To make defrosting the freezer a breeze, wipe the inside with a clean towel; put a small amount of shortening on a paper napkin, and wipe the metal with it. Next time the ice builds up, it will fall off with ease!

I hope these tips are helpful to you! To see more tips head over to BlogMommas for Tuesday Tip Jar!

Kalisha

Woo Hoo!…A really big box!

A few weeks ago the girls and I heard a knock at the door. We were greeted by the Fed-Ex man with a really big box for us! To let you know just how excited we were for the package I will borrow some silly sayings from some fellow bloggy associates (only associates because they probably don’t even know I exist until now per linky love) and a bloggy buddy, Parenting Pink. It should be a spankin’ good time!

So, where were we? Fed-Ex man drops off the really big box and…it’s our new Epson Workforce 600 Printer! Super Fab!

Soon after the girl’s went down for their nap, I got to work. It was really easy to set up and barely took me half an hour to have it fully functional. I absolutely love the way it looked! It’s shiny black, so sleek, and really purty. Not only does it have a professional design, but it does so many things. It has become an absolute essential for our home office. Well, Brett’s office anyway. He immediately declared that it belonged in his office. So, at first I was a little sulky but since my “office” is the dining room table it only made sense to put it in his real office. Well, this printer can bust-a-move in many ways; Wi-Fi wireless printing, print digital pictures from your computer or memory card, scan, copy, fax, hooks up to your answering machine and makes personalized photo cards. The Workforce is very super fab and I’m so glad we had the chance to complete our home office.

One of the first things that I did was to try and make a personalized photo card. All I had to do was insert my memory card into the printer. I searched for the right picture and followed the instructions prompted by the printer. I chose a picture of Journey looking for shells at the beach. Then the WorkForce printed out an instruction paper that I filled in with a sharpie to create my card.

I picked my text style, text effects, number of copies and I got to write a special note!

I picked my text style, text effects, number of copies and a special note to complete the card!

Then I followed further instructions to place the form onto the scanner and this is what printed out…

It made three beautiful copies to cut into postcards!

It made three beautiful copies to cut into postcards!

This is the perfect printer for me because I enjoy making homemade and personalized gifts.

Now when Journey and Faith awoke from their nap they enjoyed the best part of the whole deal. The box! To a two and one year old the box is sure to provide a spankin’ good time with hours and hours of pretending fun! Woo Hoo! They climbed in, stood on top of it and jumped, played rocket ship, pirate ship and pretended to sleep in it!

Peek-a-boo Journey!

Peek-a-boo Journey!

This box is still in the girl’s room; turned upside down and mostly used as a spring board to jump onto the bed or a make shift snack table. Perfect. Just like the printer this box is very strong and durable. I’ve never seen a box hold up so well between Journey and Faith.

I am very pleased! We recieved a shnazzy printer and a totally rad box! I guess I loved this box too because I posed for a picture with it. (This is an uber-excluzive picture of me with a box and I hope the paparazzi don’t get a hold of it!) Gotta preserve those memories! That just made me laugh!…HA! Some day when I’m old and gray we will be looking at pictures and come across us posing with the box. At least it’s a super-fab-box!

Kalisha’s Menu Plan

I always complain that I can’t make a menu plan because Brett works from the house and we end up eating pieces of a meal before I can make the meal I planned! (say that five times fast!) Well, I decided to try my hand at making a menu plan for five days for under $50. Brett kind of freaked out because he is more of a spontaneous person and doesn’t like to “plan” to eat something on a certain day. So, I made a chart to put on the ‘fridge that would list all the meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner that can be eaten in any order.

Breakfast:

  • Homemade applesauce filled crepes with yogurt
  • Cinnamon toast with fruit and fruit dip
  • Pancakes with scrambled eggs
  • Egg, bacon and cheese biscuits with fruit
  • Waffles and fruit syrup

Lunch:

  • Tuna Sandwich with chips
  • Turkey and Cheese Sandwich, celery/carrot sticks with ranch dip
  • PB & J with yogurt and fruit
  • Cheesy Tuna Burgers
  • Leftovers from Dinner

Dinner:

  • Veggie Spaghetti
  • Minestrone Chicken Soup with crusty bread
  • Beef Chili and cornbread
  • Grilled Chicken with Green Bean Casserole
  • Halloween Party food! Yum!

There is my menu plan for this week. To see other menu plans check out Menu Plan Monday over at orgjunkie!

 

Breakfast: