Category: Helpful Tips for Moms

To all the Single Moms on Mother’s Day

To all the Single Moms on Mother’s Day

For all the Truly Single Moms As I sit down to write this post I want to be extremely clear who I am writing if for. This is for all the SINGLE moms on Mother’s Day. If you are a mom, that does not automatically mean you […]

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Mom Blogger!

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Mom Blogger!

Why Your Mommy Blogger Deserves to Feel Special Hey fathers, friends, and family of a mom blogger! This Sunday is Mother’s Day! Have you bought your mother’s day gifts yet? If you have have been procrastinating, here are 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas for the […]

Weekend Recap: Sherlock Gnomes Review,Planting Lettuce,Nature Walks, & Assembling Ikea Furniture

Weekend Recap: Sherlock Gnomes Review,Planting Lettuce,Nature Walks, & Assembling Ikea Furniture

Weekend Recap

Hello world!!! No, I haven’t gone anywhere! I’m still here just plugging away behind the scenes. I decided to do a quick recap on the weekend activities with the kids and I just to get myself and you all caught up!

Saturday’s Activities:

Walking the Puppy

Saturday was definitely our chill out day. After an initial disaster where I burned my first attempt at gluten free pancakes, I spent the morning working on the blog while Miss A amused me immensely with her imagination. As I had mentioned in previous posts she absolutely LOVES dogs. Everywhere we go she will run up and pet a stranger’s dog. It puts fear in this mommy’s heart that she will get bitten someday and I have been doing my best to keep her under control. So far all the dogs have been pretty friendly, thank God!

This is what happens when you waste time on Facebook.
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Anyway’s on Saturday she started dragging my ballet shoe by the long shoe string around, “I’m walking my puppy, Mommy.” It was so cute I could have died. I took a darling video and several pics of her walking the puppy and petting it. Later she insisted the puppy had peed on the carpet so I had her pretend clean it up. This child! I swear I don’t believe in reincarnation but this is as close as it gets. I have pictures and videos of her pretending to be a puppy, crawling on all fours, sniffing and licking stuff, yes gross I know, and also picking things up in her mouth. I guess she figures that if she can’t have a puppy then she’ll BE a puppy. When I tell her she’s a little girl not a puppy, it breaks her heart..”why, Mommy, why?”

We currently live in an apartment and I really don’t want a dog here but now we are seriously considering getting her one for her bday!! There’s a mini Schaunzer our neighbors have that she absolutely loves, so maybe something along those lines or one of those fluffy white hypoallergenic dogs. I absolutely dread the thought of cleaning up puppy poop though, I can’t handle the ick factor and I know I’ll be doing all the hard work! I also never wanted to live with an animal in the house. I’ve always been the type that considers dogs outside animals so really hesistant about all this.

Walking her “puppy”

Planting Springtime Lettuce

We finally got around to planting the lettuce seeds we had purchased the day we set up the mini garden on my deck/patio. What spurred this activity was when Miss A dumped the entire packet of seeds in a metal pail. So Master A got busy pouring the potted soil into the container and I showed him how to plant the seedlings and cover with light soil. When planting lettuce, the seeds are so delicate you don’t want to put too heavy of a soil cover on them or they will smother. What was encouraging is that we discovered that the seeds had already begun to sprout from the packet getting soaked by the rain. I thought that this is actually a good idea to use in the future. Soak the seeds in a small amount of water so that they sprout and you know you aren’t wasting your time. Nothing is more discouraging than putting in a lot of hard work for seeds that don’t grow!

Movie Time-Sherlock Gnomes Review

Sherlock Gnomes, a cute kid’s movie, was playing this weekend so I decided to take the kiddos to see it. Watching the trailer, it depicted garden gnomes, two of whom are Sherlock Gnomes and Dr. Watson. I’ve been an avid lover of Conan O’Doyles mysteries from a small girl so was keen on seeing how this movie played out. At the same time I wanted my kiddos to fall in love with the characters as I did.

I did a little research and discover a newer much nicer theater that was even closer to us than the one we previously went to. Upon arriving I was delighted to discover that it was a movie haven, complete with the usual popcorn, candy, and sugary drinks. However, this theater also boasted a cafe with other yummy food, a Starbucks, and an arcade area to keep you entertained if arriving early. We decided on a chicken strip basket with fries swimming in bacon and cheese, some zen tea (I had a headache), and off we went to our seats. P.s. They were super nice, all leather, reclining, and complete with appropriate tray tables.

Now for my review on the Sherlock Gnomes movie. Overall it was quite cute, and although a kid’s cartoon, I felt as if the creators really stuck to the identity of the characters as presented in the books. The characters were funny and smart, and the movie moved quickly enough to keep even Miss A entertained. However, I was very disappointed in how one of the gnomes was presented. The producers had a little character dressed in a red mankini? I ‘m sure what the term is, but basically walking around with its buns out and then dancing inappropriately. He also wore lipstick. I was very disturbed by this as I felt an adult theme such as this should not be included in a kid’s movie. And it wasn’t just a momentary scene and you saw him once. The producers made a point to focus on him, for the funny factor, and he was seen several times throughtout the movie. I was glad Miss A was too young to understand and I intend to address this with Master A to get his feedback on it. So my overall score of this movie would be a 7/10 which is a shame.

Getting Close with Nature

After the movie, the kids relaxed, I think Miss A actually took a bath, and I ended up having quite an intriguing conversation with a friend of mine. Good things are brewing, people.

We got antsy again towards evening and decided to go check out another of our favorite parks we hadn’t been to in a while. This park is perfect if you’re feeling in the naturey mood. It’s actually a memorial for veterans and it’s encased in beautiful tall trees mostly pine. The crunch of the pine needles underfoot remind me so much of Belizean vegetation and it’s so peaceful to sit on the benches, look up, and admire the halo created by the treetops. The kiddos made use of the playset and I actually swung for a bit. We headed back when the mosquitoes began swarming us but not be admiring the moon peeking through the treetops.

Back home Master A worked on putting together this awesome ladder bookshelf I found, but more details on that later. P.s. I love having a little handyman around. I tell him I’m preparing him for the workforce. He doesn’t find it funny, insert mom joke here.

 

Sunday Activities:

 

Ok, so you know how I said Saturday was our chill out day? Just realize not true at all. Definitely Sunday. We didn’t do much, except post a couple stuff for sale on OfferUp and FB sales sites, watch shows, and play outside. We did make another trip to Aldis where I grabbed under awesome bookshelf because I liked them so much.  I also finally made up my mind on the setup of my living room and picked up a cheaper desk for the TV. By now Master A and I are both experts at assembling Ikea style furniture. After our hard work, we celebrated by having a spontaneous movie night (usually Fridays) and then tumbled exhausted into our beds. Well, that’s all folks, laters! Sincerely, Mrs. G

 

Absolutely Lovely Roses

 

This bookcase on Amazon is similar to the one I’ve got!


The Art of Flying Kites

The Art of Flying Kites

What an absolutely gorgeous day today was! 78 degrees with that perfectly cool breeze to create the right amount of warmth on your skin. Hot but not too hot. And boy we took advantage of it and played outside most of the day. In the […]

Poolside and Eating Healthy Greens

Poolside and Eating Healthy Greens

Shopping Trip to Target and Chilling By the Pool Yesterday was what I would call an ordinary day, simply chilling by the pool and then grocery shopping for healthy vegetarian and protein rich food. One of the selling factors of moving to our current home […]

Creating Childhood Memories on a Sunday

Creating Childhood Memories on a Sunday

The Plan

Yesterday was Sunday and we were all gung ho to get out of the house and go make some childhood memories. Since we are new to the area, we haven’t found a church home yet and because we plan to move soon, I haven’t put in the effort. I was tired of the park we went to almost daily so after obtaining instructions from hubby we ventured towards another park still close by. Master A was super excited as he chatted away about a bird sanctuary and seeing otters there. I had seen it more than once driving by and knew it was huge so was totally up to exploring.

When we arrived it was quite busy, with birthday parties, groups of people meandering around and oodles of kids sliding, jumping, screaming, and causing general mayhem. Master A and Miss A quickly joined in the fun, while I sat, gratefully I might add, on a nearby bench and began my intensive dot to dot book. After perusing through the different famous persons, I settled on Mother Teresa, because you know, she’s my hero. P.s. If you haven’t tried these adult connect the dots, you simply must. It is such a great way to practice mindfulness and be at peace for a while.

Mother Teresa, yes really

Grab Your Adult Connect the Dots Here

Let’s go to the zoo

Of course as I dotted, I also kept a close eye on Miss A. She absolutely has no fear of strangers, will tell anyone hello, and adopt every stray dog or kid that walks by. Not kidding. Today she followed a mom and her 3 little girls across the park to the bathrooms. Sigh. Thank God we have 2 sets of eyes on her with Master A. When the kiddos got tired of playing we then walked over to where the birds’ sanctuary was. I was pretty amazed as I have never seen anything like this at a public park. It was just a simple setup of wood and chicken wire, with places for the birds to nest and eat. I felt as if we were at the zoo, as we admired the white doves and the pretty pigeons. They actually made quite a racket with their cooing back and forth, but the kiddos were super excited to see the turtles so off we went.

 

 

 

Just down from the cage of birds was a large pond and to my surprise and delight, the animals were in full view. Miss A got all excited about 3 turtles sunning on a log and demanded to hold one and then minutes later tried to catch a couple of ducks before they hastily swam off. But the coolest thing ever was the animal that was eating contently away on the bank. At first I thought it was a beaver, but Master A insisted it was an otter, so I agreed reluctantly. When we walked up, we startled it and it jumped into the pond and swam across to the other side. I then noticed that we could easily access the other side and that there were other families exploring over there so tiptoeing around the mud off we went on our chase.

It’s a beaver, it’s an otter, it’s a ….

Miss A and I were the curious 2 who decided to see how close we could get to the curious creature. It crawled up on the bank and was busy foraging for food. To my amazement we were able to walk up so close we were almost on top of it. Being that close, I began to realize that the creature looked and acted more like a large rat, a very large rat. Shiver. I began to get the creeps. Miss A meanwhile tried to slowly inch up and pat the thing. And to my horror, the creature didn’t even back away, but sniffing walked towards us. I realized that it was wondering if we had food or just maybe we were it’s next meal. Below is the video of how close we got before I dragged Miss A out of the way. I decided that this was no friendly otter but a muskrat! No wonder no one else was interested in seeing it up close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So off we scurried and explored the other side which was basically a large gully filled with water and surrounded by what appeared to be bike paths. There were a number of people biking opposite although I marveled at how strenuous it must be to pedal through all that thick white sand. I was able to capture some pictures of the delicate wildflowers before we hastened back to the main park after being attacked by mosquitoes. Tired and very hot, it was 78 degrees with no breeze, we decided to take our little butts home.

Too hot, time to head home

The best Sunday lunch

Because it was so hot, I immediately thought of creating my favorite dish for hot summer days. Banana soup! Now before you gross out, let me explain and then you can perhaps still be grossed out. It’s simply your favorite fruit, milk, light sugar or sweetener, topped with some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, AND bread. Yea, I know, sounds really weird but trust me it’s delicious. I remember my mama making these many times in Belize with cheap pack bread from the shop and we slurped it to the last drop. Of course, the only fruit we ever used there was bananas hence the name. I think others may call it milk soup. I’m sharing the recipe with you all below, complete with pictures. Check it out for another surprise addition!!! Well laters, ya’ll, Mrs. G

Banana Soup

March 20, 2018
: 3-4 Bowls
: Very Easy

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Ingredients
  • 5 slices of white bread, thicker the better
  • 2 bananas
  • handful of strawberries
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk
  • sugar, honey, or your favorite sweetener
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
Directions
  • Step 1 Stack the bread slices on top of another, you can easily cut 3 at a time. Slice into cubes and place in serving bowl.
  • Step 2 Slice and add the fruit.
  • Step 3 Add your favorite sweetener. I used approx. 1/8 cup of sugar.
  • Step 4 Add the milk. Add more to have the same ratio as you would do cereal to milk.
  • Step 5 Add the spices, taste, and add more if desired.
  • Step 6 Throw on some marshy babies and party!
  • Step 7 P.s. Let sit in the fridge for an hour to let the flavors meld, much more tasty that way.

Additional Pictures of Banana Soup:

Disclaimer: All these measurements are approximations because I never measure anything. Also if you don’t like a lot of spices, just add cinnamon to your taste. 🙂 Don’t overdo the cloves or ginger.

 

 

Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockles shells, And pretty maids all in a row. Searching for a rug I am far from Queen Mary, but I have been dying to create my own little slice of garden […]


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