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10 Things I Never Imagined About Being a Parent

10 Things I Never Imagined About Being a Parent

I had a lot more experience with children than many new moms do starting out.

My experiences ranged from babysitting, volunteering in the nursery and Sunday school and to help moms of young children, and even helping with my cousin who spent a lot of time with our family in his first four years and a foster child we had for about a year. However, even being prepared for most aspects of dealing with young children never prepared me for some of things about the strange and wonderful world of being a mommy!

Before I became a parent, I never imagined…

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  • Sitting on the toilet wishing I could use the bathroom in peace, but unable to be angry at being serenaded by sweet faced children belting out Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at the top of their lungs.
  • Holding a cranky nursing baby while making an emergency run to the toilet, because setting the baby down would result in screams that would wake up the toddler who finally lost the battle with napping.
  • Showering at night with a baby in the bath seat splashing behind the water falling because I can’t trust that an older child won’t get back up and mess with the helpless little thing….again.
  • Driving to Sonic during Happy Hour because I need to get a grumpy kiddo to sleep and I don’t want to wander aimlessly around just because a car ride is his kryptonite. (We won’t mention the fact that separating one more fight or listening to one more whine fest would send me over the deep end. 😉 )
  • Spending the night camped out on the couch nearest the bathroom with a sick toddler, surrounded by plastic trash bags laid out to protect the floor and furniture while I ran her to the toilet at the first sign of gagging.
  • Uninterrupted sleep happens once in a blue moon, only when there isn’t an infant under the age of one in the house. I’m waiting another two or three years to expect to sleep fairly well again. 🙂
  • My things really do grow legs and walk away, especially if they are edible or alluringly shiny, and the legs toting them along firmly believe Mommy’s things are now known as MINE!!!
  • It takes longer to get in and our of the car to run an errand than to actually run the errand itself.
  • Being able to shower daily without a thought to how in the world I was going to manage it? That, my friends, was a luxury! I won’t say how long I sometimes go without being able to shower, since I have had two (and now three) children and my husband is a Firefighter Paramedic who works 24-72 hours at a time.
  • That these little cuties who call me Mommy can drive me to tears, make me laugh until my stomach hurts, have me ready to scream with frustration, feel like I could burst from pride, lose my mind from the incessant question and overflow with feelings of love all in the course of a normal day!

What are some unexpected things you have learned since becoming a parent? Here is something I wrote from the heart in hopes that anyone struggling will never feel alone!


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Easy Desserts Made With Cake Mix

If you are like me, you usually have a few cake mixes on hand from your couponing adventures, just waiting to be made into a quick and easy dessert!

We may wish we could cook from scratch all the time, but the truth is that we all use shortcuts now and then! For those times when you have a sweet craving without the time for a complicated recipe, we’ve got you covered with this roundup of recipes made with cake mix! There is everything from classic cakes to cookies to bars! There’s such a variety of flavors in this list of things to make from cake mix, I’m sure anyone can find something to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings!

Easy Peasy Classic Cakes Made From Cake Mix:

Easy Cake Mix Desserts

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Glaze Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Pineapple Angel Food Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Classic Coconut Cake from Sweet and Savory Food

Peeps Easter Candy Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Shopkins Birthday Cake from Blue Eyed Babies

Cookies and More Made With Cake Mix:

Easy Cake Mix Recipes 2

Easy Cake Mix Cookies from Penny Pinching Peach

Easy Delicious Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Quiet Grove

Lazy Bar Cookies from Erica Barker

Some More S’mores from Penny Pinching Peach

Snickers Cookie Bars from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Which recipe are you most eager to try? What kind of goodies do you make with cake mix besides cake?

Click on to find where I get my favorite cookie recipes!


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Powerful Princesses

I have updated my list of princesses who encourage girls to grow up to be strong women! If you know any little girls, this is for them!

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powerful princesses role models for todays little girls

Does it bother anyone else for their little girls to aspire to be a princess in the classic “I’m so helpless! Please rescue me and cater to my unrealistic whims, oh, obscurely perfect man of my insanely romanticized fairytale dreams!”?

I love letting my daughter play dress up, be girly, and pretend to be a princess, but the helpless and hopeless romantic version grates on my nerves more than a wee bit. That’s why I’m an enthusiastic fan of the spunky and sassy princess types! They make the point that you can be a pretty princess simultaneously with being strong, intelligent and perfectly capable of taking care of yourself, and that’s a message I can get behind. 🙂

Want some princesses for your little girls to learn about who are far from wilting weaklings? These are powerful women our girls can look up to! Check these rockin’ royals out, y’all! 😉

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Strange Tricks For Saving Money

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Frugal! Penny pincher! Cheapskate! Prepper! Weirdo! If you have been called any of these, welcome to your tribe! This list is for you…

  • Wash aluminum foil and plastic baggies. If nothing gets majorly stuck to them, clean up and use them again.
  • If you have chickens, dry and crush their own egg shells to mix into their feed instead of buying them a calcium supplement.
  • Reuse plastic water bottles. Rinse and refill those babies! I don’t really use water bottles much, but my husband likes to take them with him to the fire department so it doesn’t matter if he loses the container he’s drinking from. We use them over and over.
  • Use the rewards program My Reader Rewards to get free books, stickers and CDs.
  • Water down whole milk instead of buying lower fat milks. I used to buy 1% or 2%, but have started buying whole milk and water it down with about a quarter to a third water. My kids don’t know the difference, and our milk lasts longer.
  • Use plastic gas station cups with straws and lids instead of fancy cups with lids. Occasionally I get one of those fountain drinks from the gas station. I love cups with lids and straws. My kids are very active and always up under me, I’m always thirsty and don’t particularly like my drinks spilled or nice cups broken. These cheap cups will last quite awhile, even ran through the dishwasher.
  • Cut dryer sheets in half, if you use them at all. You don’t need the whole thing to get the effects you want. Trust me!
  • Vinegar makes a great rinse agent in the dishwasher, and is super inexpensive compared to those expensive kinds you can buy.
  • Those styrofoam plates you buy to save on dish washing? If they don’t get too messy, just wipe them down and use them again! this adds up quick when you’re mostly using them for things like sandwiches, anyway.
  • For one of my favorite ways to save, look at How to get a free trial of Amazon Prime

Have any strange savings tips of your own? Share them, and they may be featured in a future list of strange ways to save! 😉


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Clean Trick For Dirty Grease

clean greaseI’ve always hated cleaning the bowl I use to catch the grease drained from hamburger after it has been browned.

It seems like the grease never really scrubs off. I feel the slippery sliminess even after repeated scrubbings. Well, one day I was cooking my ground beef and thinking in distaste of the greasy task ahead when I had an AHA!! moment.

What if I used a plastic grocery sack to line the bowl before I poured the grease into it? It worked!!

As long as there are no real holes in the bag, it keeps most or all of the grease from touching the bowl. After it has been poured out and the bag discarded, the bowl simply needs rinsed with hot soapy water and it is ready to go. Soooooo much better than the former slimy horror!! This is a trick I wish I’d thought of years ago!!!

Anyone else have a simple, frugal, wonderful trick like this? Is there any annoying task you wish you could find a quick solution for?

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Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate Free

Looking for a free summer activity for your kids? Try free skating!

As a young girl, I absolutely loved to go skating. We went frequently, and it was a fun way to exercise and spend time with friends. I felt like I was flying, and even toe length oversized skirts couldn’t stop me from whizzing around the rink! 🙂 What better way to enjoy skate time than to go for free?:)

Just head on over to the link below, type in your zip code, and see which rinks in your area are participating in this promotion. It appears that there are a few in all of the states I checked out, although I only investigated a few of them. Click  the green “Register for This Skating Center” banner. Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll receive an email to verify your email address. Once you’ve done that you’ll be a registered member of Kids Skate Free. Just be aware that your first set of passes won’t be ready until Sunday of that week.

Anyone ready to take their kids skating for free??

http://kidsskatefree.com/index.php

For my favorite tips for traveling with children, check out Traveling With Little Riders!


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Mom’s Night Out

Moms Night Out

Looking for a fun and yet totally relatable movie for moms? You need to watch Moms Night Out!

This movie features a stay at home mom who is drowning in the exact life she always dreamed of and desperately needs a night out. Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? Me neither!  She plans a relaxing evening with her pastor’s wife and long time best friend.  What follows is utter chaos and craziness!

I don’t watch a ton of movies anymore, and most of the ones I do watch are cartoons, so this was a refreshing change of pace. This movie actually has some great messages in it, and I very much enjoyed it. It wasn’t without flaw, but it was overall a movie worth watching!

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Want to watch to get this movie for yourself? Head over and purchase it here: Moms’ Night Out!

For another favorite funny movie with a strong positive message, read all about it in Acts of Random Kindness!


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Jalapeño Poppers

 

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

These easy peasy homemade fresh jalapeno poppers are addictive!

The instructions on the picture pretty much say it all, so they are really simple to do. During the summer, these are one of my very favorite snacks. I mean, how can you go wrong with bacon, cream cheese and jalapenos?? It’s not only easy, it’s fresh and delicious!

  • Slice and seed jalapenos.
  • Top slices with a dab of cream cheese and a small piece of bacon.
  • Broil at 500 degrees until bacon crisps and jalapeno is tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Enjoy!!! 

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Don’t forget to wear gloves while handling fresh hot peppers. Your skin and eyes will thank you!

Want to grow your own jalapenos to make your own delicious jalapeno poppers? Try this fun Miracle-Gro Container Gardening Kit that includes jalapenos and other salsa friendly plants!

Do you like spicy food? I ate it all the time when I was pregnant with our third baby, and always love it! I’m not sure about trying this Yum Yum Gum (Jalapeno) jalapeno flavored gum, though! What do y’all think??

For more food for lovers of spicy food, try my ever popular Easy Mexican Bean Salad!

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Garden Fresh Jalapenos

 

 


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Easter Egg Filler Ideas For a Sugar Free Easter

Easter Egg Filler Ideas For a Sugar Free Allergy Safe Easter

Need some sugar free Easter egg filler ideas that are alternatives to candy?

I find myself wishing for Easter egg ideas that are sugar free, since my kids get really hyper on holidays where they consume too much sugar. My children are also dye sensitive, so I find myself cringing a lot over things like jelly beans, since certain dyes can turn my sweet energetic children into miniature versions of wall bouncing Hulks! I don’t even have to worry about any serious allergies, so I can only imagine the parents who do! I was thinking that I am not alone in wanting my kids to have all the fun of an Easter egg hunt with less of the sugar, so I got together my ideas and am sharing them in hopes of helping y’all out.

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Below is the link to plenty of fresh options from Amazon for an allergy safe, sugar high (and crash) free Easter egg hunt!

Easter Egg Filler Ideas Not Candy

For one of my kids’ favorite Easter books, check out Bunny Trouble!


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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, we decided to read his whimsical books in a nook with a look for ideas to cook up for activities to do that go along with the stories. Today we read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”. That is one of my munchkins ‘ favorites! I didn’t want to do a bunch of printing and searching activities yesterday, so I just free styled it. Maybe it will give someone else some inspiration.

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a favorite read at our house!

One fish, two fish was simple. I drew a large one and a…

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