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PostHeaderIcon Easter Baskets On A Budget

Image3Every year I would go to a big box store and over pay for the kids Easter baskets. If you are wondering why I didn’t just reuse the ones from the previous year, just start laughing now. The main reason is the kids would want to use them in their rooms for their “stuff”. They weren’t high quality so they always ended up broken. Let’s just go with it’s the kids fault.

Once you get their baskets, you go overboard on filling it with things that they will be excited about for all of 5 minutes. Royal and Spencer were way more excited about colored pencils and chalk, years ago. Alex truly just loves everything so his baskets are super easy. Hunter and Royal, not so much anymore. Teenagers seen to get more expensive as they get older.

This year, get baskets that will last a very long time! When they outgrown Easter, they have a fantastic bin they can use for whatever they want…. or you can steal it to organize your home. BONUS FOR MOM!

Right now you can get 2 amazing baskets for just $15 with every $35 spent. That’s 2 for $15, not $15 each. Where can you get a gorgeous basket for $7.50? Need 2? Need 4? I got you!  read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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