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First Child, Second Child

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Since we just had our third child, it brought to mind this writing I did about the difference between the first and second child. I’m sensing I may have a sequel brewing for this one…hmm…. ;)

Originally posted on Penny Pinching Peach:

Cherish the crazy life! Cherish this crazy life!

 

I am a different parent the second time around. The first time I was nervous, worried about what people would think & what society said I was supposed to do, and more insecure & unsure of my decisions as a parent. The second time my child and I almost didn’t make it, which in turn made me realize the little things didn’t matter nearly as much as I’d thought they did, and I didn’t give a flying flip what anyone thought or what current parenting trends said I should do. My first child was an amazing gift, and she’s a beautiful, vibrant, one-of-a-kind little person, but the first time parent jitters caused our start to be a wee bit more difficult. Our family is not typical, my kids are individuals, and as long as we are a happy & healthy little family, it’s alllllll good! If someone…

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Baby, Baby, Baby!!!

Our Little Sweet Pea

Our Little Sweet Pea

Introducing the reason for my silence this past while, our little Sweet Pea, born 7-9-15 at 5:20 pm weighing in at a healthy (and ironic) 7 lbs. 9 ounces!!! :)

Excuse my "it's been a looooooong labor" face. LOL

Excuse my “it’s been a looooooong labor” face.

I was having some issues- along with weeks of prolonged consistent labor without progress- so I underwent an induction just before her due date. 23 hours after they began the induction, I delivered our beautiful baby girl without an epidural. I’ll spare the details, but it was a long and very difficult process. I have zero regrets about my choices, including doing an induction without an epidural, because of the circumstances. I did not want induced, but needed interference, in spite of my ideal scenario. I blacked out about an hour and a half after our daughter was born, due to blood loss and exhaustion. I was already depleted, and my hemoglobins dropped enough that they wanted to do a transfusion, which I refused, so my recovery will be slow. I am just glad things are great with the baby, and I will eventually be okay.

This Is What a Dream Come True Looks Like

This Is What a Dream Come True Looks Like

Our little girl is sweet, beautiful, and very healthy. Our older children- especially our oldest daughter- are absolutely in love with their new baby sister, as you can see from the photos. For our oldest Princess, having a living baby doll of a baby sister is literally a dream come true! She can’t get enough of snuggling her new sissy. Our boyish Bambam is a bit intimidated by how teensy tiny she is, and already a super overprotective big brother (a position he takes quite seriously and is extremely proud of). He loves giving her extremely gentle kisses on her head. She’s a really calm and good natured little gal thus far.

Big Brother Holding Baby

Big Brother Holding Baby

We are so blessed! I am excited to introduce our precious Sweet Pea to y’all, hope you understand my absence this past bit, and keep following my little corner of the internet! :)

10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals


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10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals

10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals

10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals

Most busy, penny pinching moms that I know are fond of fun family friendly crockpot meals. I have had a hard time cooking for awhile now, due to bed rest for premature labor, so these hugely appeal to me. I decided to get together a list of 10 great crockpot meals to share with y’all! Read and drool! ;)

Next time you want a comfort meal without all the hassle I hope you give this Crock-pot Beef Stroganoff {Gluten Free} a try. Serve it over hot white or brown rice or GF noodles with your favorite vegetable for an easy dinner. #crockpot #recipe http://penguinsinpink.com/2141/crock-pot-beef-stroganoff-gluten-free/

An easy, inexpensive crockpot chili recipe. Hide all kinds of veggies for the picky eaters, and mx your own chili seasoning to control your flavor!
http://www.thetransplantedsoutherner.com/2015/02/mom-healthy-crockpot-chili.html

21 freezer meals fit for a family! Who couldn’t use this kind of help with dinners?
http://bakersdozenandapolloxiv.com/2014/11/03/how-to-make-easy-freezer-meals/

Crock-Pot BBQ Orange Pork – A sweet and tangy, super easy, healthier Crock-pot version of a classic family favorite. #recipe #crockpot
http://penguinsinpink.com/4590/crock-pot-bbq-orange-pork/

Tastes like a gourmet meal, but without all the gourmet hassle. Serve this to impress the neightbors (or you inlaws!) This recipe is picky eater approved.
http://www.thetransplantedsoutherner.com/2015/04/what-are-we-eating-wednesday-slowcooker.html

Loaded Potato Soup in the Crock-pot – A potato soup loaded with all the things you like on your baked potatoes. I’m talking bacon, cheese, broccoli, and more! #crockpot #recipe
http://penguinsinpink.com/2931/loaded-potato-soup-crock-pot/

Crock-pot Tex-Mex Steak and Beans – An easy meal to throw together; full of tender, juicy steak, black beans, onions, garlic, and spices. #texmex #crockpot #recipe
http://penguinsinpink.com/2548/crock-pot-tex-mex-steak-and-beans/

Not Your Usual Black Beans and Rice! Try this great recipe!
http://www.thesahlife.com/2015/05/not-your-usual-black-beans-and-rice.html

Make a delicious crockpot peanut chicken without a huge hassle!
http://bakersdozenandapolloxiv.com/2015/03/04/crockpot-peanut-chicken-recipe/

Crock-pot Red Beans with Pork – a hearty, easy, crowd pleasing, inexpensive dish that is perfect on any night. #crockpot #recipe http://penguinsinpinkcom/1816/crock-pot-red-beans-with-pork/

That’s our list, y’all! Don’t they make your mouth water?? Which are you eager to try first?


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Qalo Wedding Rings For Active People

Qalo Wedding Ring

Qalo Wedding Ring

My husband is a firefighter paramedic who is also very active during his time off. He used to worry about losing, getting it caught up on a scene or damaging his wedding ring, so would often not wear it at all. This drove me absolutely batty, since I have seen so many women hitting on him in uniform when they didn’t see that I was right behind him and know it probably happens regularly. I told him if he were wearing a ring, at least he’d know they weren’t the classy kind of lady trying to flirt with him. :) Soooo….we went searching for a safe alternative to make both of us happy. Enter the awesome Qalo ring you see modeled by my handsome hubby’s hand in the feature photo!! :)

The Qalo rings were developed by a group of very active married men who wanted to honor their marriages by wearing a symbol of their status, but didn’t want a conventional ring getting in the way. These rings are perfect for firefighters, police, construction workers, soldiers, mechanics, rock climbers, gym rats, athletes, and anyone else who may find their actual wedding ring a hazard or a nuisance while doing the things they normally do. They’re inexpensive enough that if they do get damaged, it’s not that big of a deal to just replace them. My husband is on his second ring now, because he lost his old one on a fire scene. If that had been his real ring we said our vows with, we would have been heart broken, but we just ordered another one. Happy wife, happy husband, happy wallet!

There is a great deal I can share with my readers on these amazing rings! If you click my referral link, you will get $5 off of the first order (and I get a $5 credit, so again….we’re both happy! ;) ). These rings are generally just $15.99 for women and $19.99 for men, so that makes for a very inexpensive wedding band for the hands on committed types among us. :) They come in a variety of colors- including thing red line or thing blue line for firefighters and police officers- but my husband prefers the black because he feels it looks most like a regular wedding ring at a glance.

For the referral link with your $5 credit, please go to my Facebook page, where you can send me a message requesting a referral sent to your email or see the Facebook referral post also published this morning at:

http://www.facebook.com/pennypinchingpeachpage

Or at my referral link below:

http://share.qalo.com/v2/share/6167260065082569818

Has anyone else been on the search for a product like this? Have you had the wish that your spouse would wear a ring, but they don’t want to due to the work and recreational activities they engage in? Think this could solve your issue like it has ours? I hope this helps someone out! It was a major annoyance for me until we found something that worked for both of us. :)


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National Pet Preparedness Month With Doggy Loot

Poochy Play Pals

Poochy Play Pals

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. It’s about keeping your pets prepared for a disaster, and having a plan in how to take care of them if something happens. You need to have a kit ready with all of the essentials they may need, as detailed at the link at the end of this post.

Also, in honor of the month of keeping pets prepared, I thought I’d once again share one of my favorite sites to use to keep my pooches prepared. I have continued to order since this was originally written, and have had the same positive experience each time with their products, pricing, and the speed in which they delivered my orders. You can get credit just for signing up, resulting in free or verrrrrry inexpensive products. Check it out!
http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2013/03/09/doggie-loot-woof-woof/

What pets do you have? Our current roundup is one lazy dog, two spoiled cats, two broody chickens with no possibility of chickies and two (three any day now!!!) little monkeys (otherwise known as our children ;) ).

For more info on preparing your pets for an emergency, scurry over to the link below:

http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/emergency-services/pet-preparedness-month.html


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Warm Salad

Warm salad

Warm salad

My kiddos and I love our veggies. Sometimes you don’t really need a recipe to have a quick and healthy meal, and this is one of those times. When I was a little one, I loved veggies, but absolutely hated salads. I think it may’ve been because they were just so much lettuce and so little flavor, so it kinda felt like I was literally eating rabbit food. My munchkins love Mommy style salads, because there are lots of veggies, but lettuce is never the only star of the show. I have mixed greens growing in my little backyard garden, and prefer spinach or green leaf lettuce to iceberg, for both taste and nutrition. I make sure to use a variety of ingredients like a variety of veggies, shredded or cubed cheese, crushed pecans or croutons, fruit, and at times even proteins like chicken or egg. Sometimes I even make a warm salad, which is what I want to share with y’all now. For supper the other night I threw together a warm broccoli, carrot and egg salad, which the kiddos and I gobbled right up. Wanna try it?

You’ll need to steamed or boiled  broccoli florets and julienned or thinly sliced carrots. (If you’re in a huge hurry, you can microwave them on high for 4 minutes in a microwave safe container with a moist paper towel over them.) Add chopped boiled eggs, shredded cheese and a small ammount of salad dressing. You want enough dressing to lightly coat your veggies, but not enough for them to swim in. :) We used caesar salad dressing this time, because that’s what was in the fridge at the time, but ranch or Italian both work well, also. Stir until everything is well coated, and serve warm. It’s as simple as that! I had my little ones digging into their vittles less than 10 minutes after I opened the fridge to gather my ingredients together. They thought it was yummy, and I knew it was healthy. That is what I call a win-win! :)

Good stuff!

Good stuff!

What is your favorite kind of salad? We eat lots of different types of salads during the spring and summer. There are just too many delicious fresh fruits and veggies available this time of year for us not to take advantage of them! They make for many healthy, delectable meals, desserts and snacks for this penny pinching peach’s family. :)


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Cleaning House With Kiddos

Cleaning With Kiddos

Cleaning With Kiddos

Does anyone else ever feel like cleaning in a house of small children is like trying to empty a swimming pool with a teaspoon? You may make a little progress eventually, but they will quickly fill any space you empty and mess any place you wipe and dump out anything you put away and…well, you get the point! I know that you can teach them to clean up and put away- and I do that- but it’s still a never ending task, and it takes alot of my energy to make sure my little ones actually follow through with their jobs. I have to get creative for them to care about keeping up with anything, and that’s pretty important because Mommy can’t do it all well alone.
One trick that works pretty well with my children is that if you don’t pick it up, you lose it. If I ask my kids to clean up and they don’t, I give them warning that next time I say something will be while taking a toy. If it still doesn’t get done, I grab a toy they actually like (I’ve learned to not grab comfort objects or things they aren’t too fond of) and put it away from them. If they still don’t clean up, I take two…and it goes on from there. To earn back ONE toy, they have to clean up immediately the following clean-up session without argument or complaint. This is probably the most effective method for my independent minded oldest. She frequently doesn’t mind alot of punishments I can dole out, loves to argue, and lives to win. Since I won’t fuss with her, just say “You chose to lose a toy/two toys/three toys by not cleaning up when I asked” and refuse to engage, it’s not fun for her, and she hates losing things she loves. I’ve rarely had to go beyond two toys, even with her. :)
I also try to make it more fun for them to help clean up. They love it when we sing the cleanup song while we work. They really enjoy it when I make cleaning up a race! I’ll say “Can you pick up all of your toys before I can finish dishes? I’m pretty fast!” or “How many books can you put up before this song stops playing?” or “Do you think you can finish washing your fingerprints off the window before I can finish cleaning the bathroom?”. Sometimes I’ll offer a reward if they get it all done or if they finish in a certain time frame. These rewards are usually something like a snack or an extra book to be read during story time or playing with playdough or something. Almost anything can be fun for kids if you make it into a game.
What are some tricks you have for cleaning up with kiddos?

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