The Little Lies I Tell My Kids

I lie to my kids every single day and I don’t feel guilty about it! Every parent has their go-to list of lies that they tell their kids to help the day move a little more smoothly, to get them to do something they don’t want to do, right?

Here is a sampling of the little fibs that make my life just a little easier:

  1. It (insert a food the kids find disgusting here) doesn’t taste gross!
  2. I always did what my parents told me to do!
  3. I have no idea who ate the last cookie.
  4. I can’t find that annoying toy you’ve been playing with that suddenly disappeared.
  5. It’s (what ever place I don’t feel like going) not open today.
  6. The bruise is the best part of the banana/apple/peach! (because I don’t feel like picking out the bruise)
  7. That show isn’t on right now.
  8. If you eat that you’ll get smarter!
  9. Spiders aren’t scary!
  10. The ice cream truck only plays that music when it’s out of ice cream. Sorry!

Those are just the ones I can think of at this moment but I’m sure there are more. I’m hoping that none of them scar them for life but if they do, I’ll foot the bill for the therapy, I’m sure.🙂

nutritious and delicious!!!!

IMG_20140425_085444Mornings in our house are usually quite hectic with 4 children, 3 of them heading off to 3 different schools at 3 different times. So breakfast is usually something I can whip up fast, fruit, yogurt, microwavable mini pancakes, cereal, toast with jelly or nutella are just a few examples. Until I stumbled upon a morning changing breakfast recipe… Homemade mini pancakes!!! Take any pancake mix of your choice, I used hungry jack whole wheat, make according to directions. Spray mini muffin pan with spray and fill with mix 3/4 full. Add any toppings of your choice to the top and push in to the mix slightly, I used wild blueberries, chocolate chips and cinnamon. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!!!! For those of you concerned about calories, for the mix I used 6 mini pancakes was 150 calories and then if you add the calories from the chips is an additional 23 calories per pancake and the blueberries are 2 calories per pancake. I made the whole box of mix and froze some and put the rest in the fridge. Kids devoured them!!!

Walk Today. Add Tomorrows.

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When my oldest daughter started school this past September I focused on how she would handle new social settings. I wondered if she’d make friends or if the kids would think she was a weirdo because she wore glasses. I hoped she’d sit still long enough to make it through the teacher’s lessons and that she wouldn’t catch too many “bugs” in the classroom.

My  fears were unfounded. She made lots of friends and not a single person made fun of her glasses. She sits still and thoroughly enjoys all of the teacher’s lessons and she hasn’t gotten sick any more than she normally would.

What I didn’t think about was the amazing friendships she’d create at such a young age.

After her first day of school she came home and told me she’d met a boy named Miguel. Of course we said what every parent says, “Ooohh… is he your boyfriend?” a little gentle teasing. “He’s my best friend, mommy!” she said. I’d wait to pick her up after school and each day, which ever one came out first, stood and waited for the other one and they’d come bounding down the stairs together, sometimes hand in hand, always with big smiles on their faces, towards me and Miguel’s mother, Darcie.

We’d struck up a friendship waiting for the kids, watching how they  lit up at the sight of each other. I’d never even thought of that part of having a child in school. I’d get to meet new people too!

One day, as we were trying to corral the kids to each of our cars, she said “Hey Miguel, we have to get home to do a treatment.” and I thought, oh, he must have asthma. I said something to that affect and she said “No, actually he has cystic fibrosis and so does his little sister Maya.”

Wow. I was shocked. So many thoughts flooded my mind. All of my worries seemed so trivial in comparison. My heart broke thinking of what they must go through daily in order to maintain a normal life, and the fears they must have about the future.

But this is not a sob story! Miguel and Maya are living in an amazing time for cystic fibrosis research and treatment and even a CURE on the horizon!

A little info about cystic fibrosis from www.cff.org:

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:

  • very salty-tasting skin;
  • persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
  • frequent lung infections;
  • wheezing or shortness of breath;
  • poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
  • frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.

Statistics

  • About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
  • More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
  • More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
  • The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the early 40s.

Miguel and Maya are awesome kids! Miguel plays baseball, loves Legos and has the most amazing laugh. Maya does gymnastics, loves her sunglasses, and tells the cutest little stories. They are just normal kids fighting a tremendous battle with a huge army behind them.

You can be part of that army, or one of Miguel and Maya’s Amigos, by walking with them on Saturday, May 3rd, at Riverwinds Community Center, in West Deptford, NJ for their 7th Annual Great Strides Walk! Registration is at 9 AM, Team Picture at 9:30 AM, Walk Start 10 AM.  Why not take a nice walk for a great cause?

If you’re reading this from a far away land and would care to donate to this amazing cause, visit Miguel and Maya’s Amigos.

Tonight Felicity started talking about when she got older. She said “Mommy, I want to be an artist, and a dancer and a scientist. I want to make potions that can make people feel better and be healthy all the time. I can do all of those things, right? I don’t have to choose?” “Yes”, I said, “you can do them all.”  Let’s help make those potions, people!

 

A Little (8 Legged) Life Lesson

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The girls’ room was a mess and as I was putting them to bed I was expounding on the importance of cleanliness and how bugs like to live in messy places. I was picking up dirty laundry and books off the floor and, in what can only be described as serendipity,  a big black spider ran out from a sock. The girls shrieked in unified horror (I may have shrieked too but I blacked out for a second so I don’t remember). I threw a Dora book on the beast and the girls continued to scream. Each scream seemed to surpass the previous one in volume and octave. I think I may have lost a level of hearing.

This is how it went down.

Them: “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!”

Me: “CALM DOWN!!! STOP SCREAMING!! STOP SCREAMING!!!!”

Them: (deep breath) “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!”

Me: “OMG GUYS!! STOP SCREAMING! IT’S DEAD! IT’S UNDER THIS BOOK!! LOOK!”

Lift book only to have the spider take off running towards me (damn you fluffy pink shag rug). Queue screaming again. This time I believe I did briefly scream before the spider stopped dead in his tracks. I’m sure it’s because of my death ray stare or maybe the volume of our combined screams was like an ultrasonic boom to it’s ears (Do spiders even have ears?). This was a battle of wills. One of us was going to break and it couldn’t be me. I had to be strong for the girls. Must. Not. Break. The. Stare.

And then my knight in shining armor came striding in.

“What is going on in here?? It’s like a horror movie!”

“Spider! Spider!! AHHHHH OMG spider!!”

And in lightning speed, a tissue was brought down upon the creature and our lives were saved. We’re holding a banquet in his honor tomorrow.

Anyway, at the end of the event the girls said, “Mommy, we understand why our room needs to be clean. We promise our room will never be dirty again. We’ll put our laundry in the hamper and we’ll put away our toys. And no food in our room, we promise.”

So all I needed to do to get the “clean room” message was create a traumatic experience using a large spider? Wish I knew that sooner! Let’s see how long this lesson lasts!

WHY buy the cow when you can get the milk for free. The Pros and Cons.

I saw a friend post on Facebook recently that they were getting chicks for fresh eggs!! I never had a “running out of” issue with eggs but I am constantly out of milk. So I ran the numbers and just figured out that I could spend up to $768 (possibly more) on milk for the year with 2 kids. Friends, I’m considering purchasing a cow.

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Pros:
Fresh milk.
Short grass.
Popular in neighborhood since I would graciously lend my cow out to mooooooow your grass.
Multitude of new cow jokes.
Buff arms from churning my own buttermilk/butter.
Entertainment for kids- come see my cow…..not my mom….I really have a cow!
Rent out for birthday party cow rides ( not sure if riding a cow is possible. Will have to test on neighborhood kid.)
Steak for DAYSSSSS- if cons list becomes too long.

Cons:
Cow pies.
Flies. Unless I get flypaper.
Extra expense for flypaper.
The cow smell. Could blame on dog.
Mooooo-ing sound.
Law suit from neighborhood kids parents over cow ride injury.
Drinking unpasteurized milk. I know people do it so can’t be that bad, even though the medical community advises against it. Doctors….what do they know anyway.

I read on the internet (so this MUST be true and accurate) that a cow could cost around $1600 and it would cost $2600 over 5 years for food, shelter, etc. Total cost would be $4,200. Cost of milk would be $3,840. Ughhhh. Damn cow. Maybe if I sweet talk the farmer I can get some kind of cow discount and make this happen. Running to the store is getting old and it would be much more convenient to run out and milk my cow. Wait….unless it’s cold. Or raining. Or anything but 75 degrees and the sun is shining. And do I really have to touch cow boobs???

Hmmmm. I’ll be right back- gotta run to Shop Rite for a gallon …. Or two.

St. Patrick’s Day Slime

I found what seemed to be an easy, cheap and super fun craft on Pinterest and it didn’t fail me! It was super fast to make, the kids were ridiculously excited to make it and had a blast playing with it. Not only that, but it was only $4.05 to make.

Ingredients:
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1 cup liquid starch (I found mine at Walmart for $2.49 called Sta-flo)
8 oz white school glue
Glitter, rhinestones, googly eyes, decorative rocks, confetti… Whatever you want to throw in for fun!!

Mix the glue and starch together. Let sit for 2 minutes so it loses some of its stickiness. While you’re waiting, throw in all your fun stuff. Mix it all up and enjoy!!!! I Broke it up into three Tupperware containers for each of the kids to play with.They loved it!!! Best part is that it cleans up easily and washes off of clothing!!! Have fun!!IMG_20140317_195059

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New Dryer!

You know how when you have tons of money in savings, nothing going on, and no money earmarked for anything special, that’s when things seem to go wrong? No? Me, neither.

So, the other day, before hubby and I went to bed, we (read: he) changed the laundry load and put the clothes in the dryer. We go to bed, he gets up, goes to work, I go about my day, and meet him for lunch. I restarted the dryer before I left to meet him for lunch because the clothes were wet/wrinkly (at the time, I didn’t really think anything of it). On my way to meet him for lunch, he tells me the dryer was still running when he got up in the morning from the previous night. Awesome. This isn’t something you could have told me before I restarted the dryer and left for the afternoon?!?

Needless to say, when I got home, the dryer was still running. Thankfully (or possibly not), the heat element of the dryer didn’t seem to be working, so we didn’t burn the house down. As I did a little investigation, I realize that the sensor on the dial to stop the dryer isn’t working. Hoping that’s it, we use a different setting. Still nothing. In the meantime, the clothes are still drying in the dryer, even though the heating element doesn’t seem to be working so great.

After a few loads of drying the clothes without heat, the dryer pretty much kicks the bucket. Now, as some of you may know, I hate paying full price for anything. Especially something I’m going to be paying hundreds of dollars for. So, until I can do some research, find the best price/deal, I’m using my new “dryer:”

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I even got it on clearance. Factor in my son’s two year old birthday coming up, including an overnight trip to Disney and this might be my dryer for awhile.

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