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PostHeaderIcon It’s back to school and time to mark EVERYTHING

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Marking this kids back to school items and sports equipment is very important. We have lost many baseball hats over the last 10 years. I am a HUGE fan of Mabel’s Labels. We have a baseball glove that has gone through 3 boys and the original label is still on it! You have honestly never tried any labels like Mabel’s Labels.

Celebrate National Dog Day with a sale on Personalized Name Stickers with the dog icon! Personalized Name Stickers for kids are a durable, waterproof way to identify lunch containers, bottles, toys, sports equipment and much more. Customize these labels with a choice of fun designs and make your belongings uniquely yours. The best way to keep track of your kids’ easy-to-lose items!

PostHeaderIcon I Like Big Crops and I Can Not Lie

Canning Mason JarsSome days I just want to stay in bed curled up under my blankie. Unfortunately, I have a family that likes to eat and have clean clothes. I always wondered how this became Mom’s job. I understand that back in the day, the men worked and the women did home stuff. Now that women work too, how is it we still do everything else? Food for thought.

I really don’t recall how it happened but, it happened. In August I started canning our garden. I began with pickles because we had an over abundance of cucumbers. After canning over 50 jars of pickles and eating a cucumber everyday for 2 months, I went out and pulled the vines. I had officially been cucumbered out. I learned a valuable lesson for this year. I really don’t need 3 cucumber plants. I am going with only 2 this year. We have so many and there are still 12 jars in my pantry.

After the pickle craze, I decided to go to out local orchard and pick a few bushels of apples. The kids had so much fun doing this but, we will definitely go on a warmer day this year. Everyone wanted apple sauce, which I am not a huge fan of. 25 pints later, it was a hit! It was so good that I had to bring all of my supplies 500 miles to my Mom’s to make her some, per her demand.. ahem… request. read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon The Type 1 Diabetes news that changed our lives forever #T1D

I wanted to share with you why my postings have been well, few and far between the last few months. We were thrown a fast curveball with my step-son and it has been very consuming. Now, while Patrick and I are not married, and have no intentions of ever being so, (we have both been there and done that), his kids are still my step-children. I live with them, care for them and love them as if they were my own, as all step-parents should. I am very grateful that our blended family works wonderfully. We both get along with his ex-wife, Janet, and this is something that is very important when dealing with any life changing events.

Type 1 Diabetes Looks Like Me

Alex was always a smiling and laughing child. He is one of those children that can make just about anything funny. He has so much to say and wants everyone to know his thoughts. His energy is so contagious and hard not to dive into it head first. He can bring a smile to your face regardless of what your current mood its.

On March 14th, 2016, our lives were changed forever. Alex, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 9 years old. Just like any other “bad news” a doctor gives you, we were completely freaking out. He is with us every other week during school and every 2 weeks in the summer. Since I am the primary care giver during this time, my mind started doing flips. How am I going to take care of him? What if I mess something up? How am I going to revamp the entire way that I cook? How expensive is his new diet going to be? The questions and worries were so overwhelming. read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon If only all dinners were quick and easy

FamilyFinest-Logo-HighRes (1)Something that the boys really love to do is, make their own pizza. I must admit, I really enjoy it myself. Just don’t tell them ok? They think I do it for them only. Because we all have such different likes, it makes pizza night cheaper and there is a lot less arguing. I am not a vegetable eater. The kids are so, I don’t want that stuff on my pizza.

If I don’t have the time to go out and buy, sort and plate all of the ingredients for them, I will pick up some of the ready to go pizza kits. Yesterday was one of those nights. Since they have karate at 4:30, dinner is often something quick and simple. Sometimes it’s pizza, sometimes its soup and sammies. There just isn’t enough time to get them from school, get home work done and eat dinner before they leave. They isually grab a snack after school and then we eat after karate. the usual 5:00 dinners are pushed to 6. read the rest of this entry »

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