Enchanted Mommy

My Fireplace Is Ready For Halloween!

Happy early Halloween!  I’m trying to keep life as on-track as possible for the girls right now.  I’m 39, yes 39, weeks pregnant today. We just had so much fun decorating the fireplace!  In case you don’t remember my fireplace before we white washed it, here is that post.  You might notice that we added a little molding around the old thin mantle (thank you, dad).

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Not-So-Healthy Kids Snacks

As any mother can tell you, the only thing harder than trying to eat healthy is trying to get your kid to eat healthy. Just try giving your kid a side of broccoli for dinner: It doesn’t matter how much cheese you smother it in, odds are it will still end up going to the dog. Going through this cycle night after night can be discouraging. Luckily for you, many companies are developing tasty, healthy alternatives for food, with the promise that these items are chock full of vitamins and nutrients to help child development. Unfortunately for you, many of these so-called “healthy alternatives” are not as good for your kid as they might appear to be.

Using data from FoodFacts.com, we examined three foods that many consider “healthy alternatives” for kids, and we debunked some of the health claims behind them.

 

 

1)   Annie’s Homegrown Fruit Snacks 

annies “It says organic, so it has to be healthy.” Right? Wrong. These organic fruit snacks are widely considered healthy because they contain 0 grams of fat (any kind), sodium, and cholesterol. On top of that, they are chocked full of so much Vitamin C, they provide 340% of the recommended daily value. However, these statistics don’t tell the whole story. For starters, these 3 oz. bags of fruit snacks contain 250 calories each, a frighteningly high amount for a tiny bag of gummies. Additionally, each bag is full of 33g of sugar, more than enough to give your kids cavities and send them bouncing off the walls.

FoodFacts Grade: C-

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween (a day late)!  I love going with themes for my kids for Halloween.  Last year, it wasn’t happening with my two year old.  I was ecstatic when they all agreed to be a blind mouse.  Here they are!

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I just love Halloween!

In case you’re wondering where I got their costumes, their leotards are from leotard boutique dot come, sunglasses are from Children’s Place, I bought rods at A.C. Moore and spray painted them gray, mouse ears, tail and tights are from Target.

Pinkalicious 1st Birthday

I cannot believe it, my youngest princess turned the big 1.  We decided to do a Pinkalicious family party.  Here she is!

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I always take 1st birthday pictures of my kids.  I quickly did this one two days before her birthday so I could display it at her party.  In case you’re wondering, I got the romper and headband here.  It fit her perfect and ran true to size (she’s 17 lbs and I ordered 6-12 months).

I’m so mad at myself for not taking pictures of the food, but it included:
– chicken salad  and egg salad croissants
– butterfly pb & j sandwiches for the kids
– lumpia
spinach dip
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 buffalo cheese ball
– veggie tray
– fruit salad
sausage cheese dip

I also took pictures of the drinks kind of late so they didn’t look the prettiest at this point:

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The best was the pink punch!  I thought it tasted so delicious!  I scooped the sherbet into the punch with an ice cream scoop.  The pink chevron straws are from Target.

My favorite was her “1” cake because it looked so cute, but was SOOOOOOO easy to make!

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I used a strawberry cake mix and funfetti icing.  I dyed the icing pink with icing dye.  It was so easy!  I did have to put the icing in the fridge for like 30 minutes after I mixed it because it was a little too loose.  I used a wilton 1M tip and started in the center and worked my way around.    I filled in the holes with the same tip in between the cupcakes.  It took me probably 10 minutes to ice!  I also put these edible pearls on there for a little extra touch.

Her smash cake looked very similar!

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This probably took me 5 minutes to ice.  I used this cupcake cake mold.  First, I put icing in between the two layers of cake and then did a very thin layer of icing on the top with a butter knife so the roses would stick well.  I used the same icing tip as above and just did little roses all over and added the pearls.  Remember, the rose starts in the center!  I bought the ribbon at A.C. Moore.

I also made chocolate covered pretzels and sugar cookies.  My mother in-law also made a delicious cheesecake.

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I used my cookie cutters from my kit that I wrote about before.  I actually just bought pillsbury cold dough.  The letters looked rough until I iced them!  I thought they turned out pretty cute!

Here is the display of her “pink sweets” table.

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I’d say she enjoyed her cake!  I love how her handprint is on her face.

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Okay, so one more…..

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I also made cute pom poms for above her!

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I used 8 pieces of tissue paper for the center one, 7 for the dark pink ones and 6 for the small ones!

I’d say she had a pretty good 1st birthday!

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Be still my heart!

I hope you have as much fun planning your little ones’ birthdays as I do!

Review: Alba Botanica Body Wash

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Husband and I went on our honeymoon to Hawaii.  It was pure bliss.  Three kids and almost eight years later, I feel like I can only dream about going back to the Grand Wailea in Maui.  Well, let’s just say this body wash takes me back every single day because it smells just like the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash that I used there.  It smells so good, unbelievably good.

I buy this Alba Botanica Honey Mango shower gel on Amazon.  It is a little pricey, but it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift or the special “I deserve a treat for myself”.  Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, three kids under five make me feel like I’m playing catch up like all the time.

ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas shows!

Yeah, it’s Christmas time!  I love all the fun Christmas shows on TV this time of year.  They always get us in the mood for Christmas!  Watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and Polar Express together at Christmas time has become a family tradition for us.

I thought I would post ABC’s 25 days of Christmas TV schedule in case anyone is interested in getting their DVR set up for the good ones!

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Movie Schedule {2013} | Christmas Your Way

Sunday, December 1
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(8:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Buddies
(12:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Monday, December 2
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 3
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Three Days

Wednesday, December 4
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls – ABC Family Premiere
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas

Thursday, December 5
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Friday, December 6
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Prancer

Saturday, December 7
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(8:30–10:30 AM ET/PT) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
(10:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(12:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas
(2:30–4:30 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(4:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls

Sunday, December 8
(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) Christmas Cupid
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Snowglobe
(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby
(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) 12 Dates Of Christmas
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) Holidaze – ABC Family Original Movie Premiere
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs

Monday, December 9
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Holidaze
(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat
(12:00–2:00 AM) 12 Dates Of Christmas

Tuesday, December 10
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Snowglobe

Wednesday, December 11
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs
(8:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) Melissa & Joey – All New Christmas Special
(8:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Baby Daddy – All New Christmas Special
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Thursday, December 12
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Baby Daddy – All New Christmas Special
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Melissa & Joey – All New Christmas Special
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas

Friday, December 13
(4:00–4:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(4:30–6:20 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story
(6:20–8:20 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 2
(8:20–10:30 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 3
(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror!
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Chasing Christmas

Saturday, December 14
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day
(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too
(8:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh—Abc Family Premiere
(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(10:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(11:30 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(1:00–1:30 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(1:30–2:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror!
(2:00–3:50 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story
(3:50–5:50 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 2
(5:50–8:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 3
(8:00–9:45 PM ET/PT) Disney’s The Little Mermaid—Abc Family Premiere
(9:45–11:30 PM ET/PT) Disney’s The Little Mermaid
(11:30 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 15
(7:30–9:00 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(9:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(10:30–11:00 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing
(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) Disney Prep’s & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice
(11:30 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Deck The Halls
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Scrooged

Monday, December 16
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Snow
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(1:00–1:30 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing
(1:30–2:00 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice

Tuesday, December 17
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Three Days
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Unlikely Angel
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express

Wednesday, December 18
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Holidaze
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) Secret Santa
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(8:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Mary Poppins

Thursday, December 19
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Eloise At Christmastime
(9:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Mary Poppins
(12:00 –2:00 PM) 12 Dates Of Christmas
(2:00 PM–4:00 AM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs
(4:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(7:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls

Friday, December 20
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Chasing Christmas
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) Christmas Every Day
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Christmas Do-Over
(1:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(4:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(5:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Saturday, December 21
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) The Little Drummer Boy
(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Pinocchio’s Christmas)
(9:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus
(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
(10:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph And Frosty’s Christmas In July
(1:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(2:30–3:30 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones

Sunday, December 22
(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Unaccompanied Minors
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(5:00 PM–7:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Monday, December 23
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) A Dennis The Menace Christmas
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Deck The Halls
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Scrooged

Tuesday, December 24
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(9:00 -11:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Wednesday, December 25
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(7:30–8:30 AM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Additional Sources of Income

One of the many challenges of being a stay at home mom is balancing the home finances.   Each month we sit down as a couple to review the expenses and our income and determine what we need to do to make sure the house runs smoothly for the next 30 days.  This can be an adventure in itself.

The summer always seems to be the most challenging months.   Weekly summer camps for our children quickly add up and before you know it we’re in a situation where we’re looking for additional sources of income.   Luckily, there are always additional ways to make more money.

Part Time Work

I’ve been known to grab some part time work in the spring and early summer to help cover the costs of summer. Tutoring, being a waiter, and helping the local businesses balance their books have all been tasks that I’ve completed to make some extra income. Craigslist is often a great source for finding part time work opportunities near you.

Sell Your Stuff

Let’s face it, as Americans we have way to much stuff. I’m sure there is close to $1,000 dollars of goods in your home that aren’t being used and that you could sell for the summer. Put them up on ebay, have a garage sale, or just sell them to family members that would use them. This can quickly help you come up with the money needed for the summer.

Learn to Trade

This last item requires a bit more planning than the other two, but a great way to increase your income as a stay at home parent is to learn to trade stocks. With the internet allowing you to manage your own funds you can quickly make transactions and earn additional money throughout the year. If you’re looking for training or information about how to trade stocks, Online Trading Academy, looks like an organization with a solid history and positive reviews. In fact, favorable Online Trading Academy Reviews has helped the organization grow quickly and offer it’s services to people all around the world.

What ever way you do it, making a bit of extra income is something that will require planning and hard work but the benefits will be a health balance in your bank account through the expensive times of the year.

Keep Track of You Keys!

What a day… seriously!

It started out normal enough.  We got up and left the house at 630 am to drive my 2nd grader 40 minutes to school.  Yes, I know that is crazy, but I promised him he could finish the school year in his same school when we moved.  Anyway, we dropped him off and picked up my nephew that I babysit then headed over to my sister’s house nearby to wait until school gets out.

We got to her house and I realized hubby had borrowed my key to their house and didn’t put it back.  So I have 8 hours to kill with three kids and no where to go.  I call my other sister who I know has a key and works a few miles down the road.  She agrees to meet me in the parking lot to hand over her key.  I get there and she holds up her keys to show me that someone had borrowed her key and she doesn’t know why it isn’t on her key chain anymore.

Now it stands out!

Now it stands out!

Awesome.  So I have no choice but to call my brother-in-law who is a PE teacher to get his key.  I got lucky and he actually responds to my text that his class is outside and has me pull up along the outside fence.  I get there and he jogs over and hands me several keys through the fence.  He is pretty sure it is one of those keys, but he never remembers which one.  Awesome again.

Luckily one of these keys worked, but of course this is after driving around with three kids for 3 hours.  I vowed to never have a day like this again!  I painted the top of the correct key with black nail polish so I can see at a glance if I have the key with me or not and know which one it is!  I also made copies of all my keys and color coordinated them with different colors.  Here’s hoping this solves some of the madness!!!

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Just in case you haven't seen this before.  I have no nails and use this to get my keys on and off the key ring.

Just in case you haven’t seen this before. I have no nails and use this to get my keys on and off the key ring.

 

A Great Way To Take Someone Dinner

I just had my third kid. Third girl in less than four years. Third csection too. Enough said right?!

I honestly think people feel sorry for me. We were doing our newborn shoot last weekend and this lady asked me “are all three yours?” I said “yes” and her response was “Looooord, you’ve got your hands full.” Not only this, but people have been over the top kind and generous to us and I’m sure they’re thinking they need to help me out (ha, maybe they do). One way is that we’ve had SO MANY dinners brought to us. NOTHING is better than a home cooked meal that you haven’t had to cook. They have all been so delicious and have made my heart melt that we know so many kind people.

My next door neighbor told us a few days before it that she wanted to bring us dinner. All she said was that it was going to be BBQ. Hot dang. We love BBQ. So, she brought over a basket of food. It was covered with a hand towel. We opened it and WAHHHHHLAHHHH. Look at this beauty. She put everything in Mason jars.

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There is BBQ with two kinds of sauces, chips, buns, baked beans, cole slaw, mac n cheese, potato salad, and the best bangin’ dessert – chocolate lovers delight

I bet you wanna know what’s all in here right. There is BBQ with two kinds of sauces, chips, buns, baked beans, cole slaw, mac n cheese, potato salad, and the best bangin’ dessert – chocolate lovers delight.

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Look at this presentation. She put it all in Mason jars with fabric and she labeled each jar.

 

Here are a couple more pics.

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The girls getting ready for some grub!

 

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We put a nice dent in it, but there were plenty of leftovers!

Look at how great this looks!

Thank you sweet Marin for making me a Mama again (and not just for all the tasty food)!

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Why is my 3 year old freaking out?!?!

Wow… so the past couple nights have been something else!

My three year old is really giving me crap at bed time.  The other night it took him two hours to go to sleep!  Jumping on the bed, throwing his stuff, trying to go tackle big brother, and just being a total maniac!

First of all let me remind you that we are talking about the kid who just last month, stuck his hand into a wet cement bucket he passed by.  Stuck it right in there and then smeared it all over his pants and legs.  I tossed him in the bath at home and it still didn’t come off him!  We had to wait a few days for it to completely dry out and crumble off his little fingers! No joke!

I feel like I have tried everything! Re-direction, snuggles, taking things away, time outs, positive reinforcement.  I could have written the book on positive discipline after my years of working in childcare, but even this has me stumped!

My little monster in angel's clothing!

My little monster in angel’s clothing… finally asleep!

The same approach never works twice with this kid.  For example, he will hand over his special lovey and tell me its because he is going to do a trick on his bed (he got it taken away for doing this last time).  Or he tells me he can’t wait until he gets to sleep on the floor again (had to do this after continuing to jump on the bed)! Note:  we have also tried letting him earn tv time, treats, and special things as well.

So last night I again exhausted all my efforts…

I began scouring the internet for good ideas!

I found this, “caught ya doing something good” jar on pinterest from wolfelicious.blogspot.com and will be putting this into action very soon.  I used this in the classroom years ago to build class unity and team work, but hadn’t thought of using it for my own three year old.

**Wolfelicious**_ _Caught Ya_- Positive Reinforcement

Basically, you get marbles, cotton balls, or pompoms.  Every time you catch them being good, you reinforce their behavior by putting one of the marbles in the jar.  The idea is to fill it up with marbles to earn something special!    Great way to use positive reinforcement!!!

I haven’t decided what the prize will be after filling up the jar.  Possibly a camping trip, ice cream party, or pizza party.  I want to let them help pick the reward so its something they are really excited about.

I also came come across a daddy blogger  (Jasongood.net) who obviously was trying to interpret the many reasons why his three year old freaks out as well.  It was hilarious.  If nothing else, it did make me feel better!  Turns out, a lot of these three year olds are very similar!

His sock is on wrong.

His lip tastes salty.

His shirt has a tag on it.

The car seat is weird.

He’s hungry, but can’t remember the word “hungry.”

Someone touched his knee.

He’s not allowed in the oven.

I picked out the wrong pants.

His brother looked at him.

His brother didn’t look at him.

His hair is heavy.

We don’t understand what he said.

He doesn’t want to get out of the car.

He wants to get out of the car by himself.

The iPad has a password.

His sleeve is touching his thumb.

He doesn’t understand how popsicles are made.

The inside of his nose stinks.

Chicken is gross.

A balloon he got six months ago is missing.

A puzzle piece won’t fit in upside down.

I gave him the wrong blue crayon.

The gummi vitamin is too firm.

Netflix is slow.

He jumped off the sofa and we weren’t watching.

He’s not allowed to touch fire.

Everything is wrong with his coat.

There’s a dog within a 70 mile radius.

A shoe should fit either foot.

I asked him a question.

His brother is talking.

He can’t lift a pumpkin.

He can’t have my keys.

The cat is in his way.

The cat won’t let him touch its eyeball.

The inside of his cheek feels rough.

Things take too long to cook.

He has too much food in his mouth.

He sneezed.

He doesn’t know how to type.

The DustBuster is going to eat him.

His mom is taking a shower.

Someone knocked over his tower.

He got powdered sugar on his pants.

The yogurt won’t stay on his spoon.

EVERYTHING IS TOO HOT.