Month: June 2014

I wish I had more time for a good book

Hello my readers! It has been awhile since my last post. The weather has been amazing, so the majority of my time is spent outdoors with my little one.

I did have a question for all of you moms out there. How do you fit in reading into your very busy lifestyles? I am craving to read a really good book. However, between taking care of my son, doing the housework, going on playdates, errands, etc., I feel that there is zero time. By the time my son goes to bed I am literally exhausted.

So, give me some tips: How do you fit reading into your daily schedule?

Comment below!! Thanks :)

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Happy Monday

Happy Monday! This picture of Elmo made me happy. I thought I would share it with you :).

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I feel the need to vent today. I don’t generally like to do that. Everyone has their own problems. I don’t need to add to them. However, this has been on my mind a lot lately.

I don’t know if becoming a mom has made me more observant. However, some people’s driving skills are severely lacking lately. I cannot stand when you are driving down a side street, not a major highway, and the person is right on your behind. And I am driving the speed limit. There is no need to drive 60 mph down a side street. God forbid a child, adult, or even a dog or cat steps out at the wrong time. The person behind the wheel will most likely blame the injured party.

Do you know why they will blame the injured party? Because it’s these people who feel the world owes them something. It’s those people who walk around with a chip on their shoulder like they are better than everyone else. Well, person who does not follow the laws of the road, listen up: you are not better than everyone else! There is no need to go so fast, or to go straight through a stop sign, or to tailgate someone. Unless the person next to you needs to get to the hospital right away (and in that case you should have dialed 911), you do not have to get where you are going that quickly. Who cares if you are a few minutes late? And if you 100% need to be on time, here is a suggestion: leave an hour before you need to.

I also plead with many of you (well, not my readers. I know you are all amazing people :) ): Do NOT touch your cell phone while driving!!! I will be honest with you. When I first started driving I use to text and talk on my phone all the time. Then when I started working I realized that I could hurt many people. No phone call or text is that important. If you need to use your phone, than pull over.

I have seen so many people disobey driving laws lately and it just gets me so irritated. Please remember that school is out. We need to be extra careful now since there will be so many kids on the streets. Safety is key people!

Comment below if you have had any similar experiences. I like to know it is not just me who is seeing this.

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Kitchen Tip Friday: Farmer’s Markets

Happy Friday! You know what that means :).

My son and I just had the best mommy and me time ever! We went to our local farm. Yes, there is a farm 15 minutes from my house. It is the only one near me and I am so happy that we live really close. We walked around and looked at the chickens, pigs, cows, etc. (We have seen these same animals so many times but he gets excited every time!) I packed us lunch and we ate under a tree on a picnic table. He loved watching the animals in the distance as we ate. It is truly a picture perfect day where I live today. Not a cloud in the sky, which is the bluest of blues. The wind is a perfect speed and the temperature is about 78 degrees. It is a perfect day!

We then took a stroll over to the farm’s farm stand. They grow all of their fruits and vegetables on site. The selection was amazing. Different types of lettuce, radishes, turnips, raspberries, and bunches of herbs. The display was amazing. I wound up buying some radishes, romaine lettuce, and raspberries.

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If you have a local farm or farmer’s market near you, I urge you to go. The produce is so much better and you support your local farmers. Plus, you just might get a picture perfect day to spend with your kiddies :).

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A great website resource for moms (and teachers too!)

Today’s post will be a short one.

I wanted to share with you a site I use for many projects I do with my son or once did with my students. It is called DLTK Kids. You can find almost anything. I find projects to do with my little one, cards I can print out in a jiffy, and I even found gift tags to put on presents. It is so simple and the patterns are cute. Plus, it is all completely FREE!

Here is an example of gift tags you can use for Fourth of July (it only saved the picture. But you get the picture.):

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You can also get certificates to reward your little ones with any good deed or accomplishment :). I hope you liked my sharing post for today! :)

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. To those that celebrated Father’s Day, I hope it was an amazing day!

I want to be honest with you. I think I always have been. I feel like holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day are important because these people are extremely important to the family dynamic. However, I feel that these days have also become commercialized and somehow obtrusive to those who may not be participating for whatever reason.

I think everyone can see how big chain stores use these days as a way to up their revenue for their sales in that quarter. Sales on everything you can think of are advertised for weeks on end, until even the biggest skeptic is brainwashed into thinking that the item will never be any cheaper and they must buy it now. To me, something handmade by a little one is so much more precious and heartfelt than any material object.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can also be a day that hurts many people. It may bring up memories (good or bad) that send someone on an emotional rollercoaster. I only celebrate Father’s Day because of my grandfather and my wonderful husband. ( I will not get into my own paternal strife. I will save you the sob story.) I would never not celebrate Father’s Day. My husband has earned it and I want my son to shower his Daddy with happiness. However, from someone who has been there, Father’s Day is just another day.

This post is for those who may take a few moments on these days and wonder. Don’t worry. Mrs. Z understands.

Kitchen Tip Friday: A new spin on tuna!

Happy Friday the 13th! I hope everyone is having a super day :).
Today is Kitchen Tip Friday! I want to share a simple recipe that I actually just made myself for lunch. I am not sure where I got it from but I have been using it for a while. And It is the only way I eat tuna now. ( I know this picture does not look appetizing at all. However, I am not a professional photographer by any means. Plus, it’s tuna. How great can you make it look? Trust me though on the taste!)

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You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
1 can of chunk light tuna in water
dijon mustard
vinegar ( I use either white or white wine vinegar. It is your preference.)
After you open the tuna and put it in a bowl, use a fork to break it up. I then put in about a tablespoon of dijon mustard and mix it together. You can add more or less depending on what you like. Then I put in the vinegar. I would suggest starting with a little bit, mixing it up, and then tasting it to see if it needs more. I love a lot of vinegar so I use about 2 tablespoons.
I then like to chop up olives and put them in. If I have capers on hand I will put that in too. Cheese is good chopped up in this. You can really add anything you feel would go with it. I then put the tuna in a whole wheat wrap and there is lunch!
This is very easy and it eliminates the use of mayonnaise. I tend to stay away from mayo because of the ingredients and how bad it is for you all around. I hope your next lunch is yummy!
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Writing 101 Challenge

Another writing challenge. The power of words. It keeps me grounded in this hectic life. Let’s see how this one goes. Be honest. I’d like feedback on this. A writer should always be open to critiques.

Here is the challenge:

A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene.

Today’s twist: write the scene from three different points of view: from the perspective of the man, then the woman, and finally the old woman.

 

As I held my wife’s hand, I glanced over at a woman perched so elegantly on a park bench. She seemed so deep in thought. Her gray hair pulled tightly back in a bun. Her glasses rested at the end of her nose. As we passed by, our eyes locked. Those crystal blue eyes. Grandma. I hadn’t thought about her in so long. She had been gone for a few years now. What I would give to hear her laugh again. To receive one of her hugs. To hear her stories. To wear that small read sweater one more time for her. I tried to hold it together, however, that one lone tear slipped through. I suddenly felt my wife’s embrace. It was a knowing one. An embrace that let me know it was alright to have the memories. We hugged for what seemed an eternity. We then started up our walk. I glanced back to get one last look. The woman was gone. All that was left was a silver knitting needle glistening in the sun. Grandma.

My husband and I were enjoying one of our lovely walks in the park. It was such a lovely late afternoon stroll. The sky was a perfect blue and there was not a cloud in the sky. I was watching a man play fetch with his dog when my husband gripped my hand just a little bit tighter. I looked over and watched the single tear slide downward. I then caught a glimpse of the woman. The knitted red sweater. I embraced him for I knew it was too much. He was trying to be strong but it was difficult. His grandma gave us this beautiful day. She was definitely with us.

He was my pride. Me was my joy. He still is. My one and only grandchild. What a smart and handsome young man he has grown up to be. I watch him every day. I wonder if he notices. I hope he knows how much he means to me still. For all of eternity he is my precious little man. Our eyes locked. Does he recognize the eyes? I let out a gasp. I need to move on for today. Oh how I love my boy. I will leave a piece of me here so that he knows my love lives on forever. I love you.

 

I hope you all enjoyed it! :)

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Any type of mom is a wonderful mom!

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I know this is a topic that has been discussed consistently. However, when it comes to working moms and stay at home moms, my motto is: We all need to stick together!

The idea for today’s post came from this article. It is a letter from a stay at home mom to a working mom and then vice versa. Each letter had such a powerful message in it. The stigma of both types of moms needs to be eradicated. Mostly, people need to mind their own business.

I am a stay at home mom, by choice, and I cannot tell you the countless times I have had people say things to my face that make my blood boil. I do not know if they are said as a joke or they are serious. People need to think before they speak. No, I do not have time to get manicures and pedicures all the time (I just got one this weekend and it was the first time since December. No joke!). I do not have time to catch up on my DVR during the day (My DVR is actually at almost full capacity from not being able to watch my favorites). My house is not the tidiest (It is clean but there are certainly things everywhere). My time is very limited. It is all about my love!

Now, with that being said, I have been in the presence of women who are working moms and I have overheard people making comments about that. One of the classics is “Oh, don’t you hate leaving them with someone else all week long?”. The person asking the question has this look of sorrow on their face. Umm, I think working moms think this all the time. Why don’t you rub it in their face even more. (If you can’t guess, that was pure sarcasm.) Another one is “You must love being at work. At least you get some time to yourself.” While I am not saying this is a false statement, I am sure most working moms would rather be with their little ones. I heard this one time and I almost had to laugh because the person was dead serious:”At least you only have to spend a few hours being mommy. Then you get the rest of the night to yourself.”. Really? I stood there with my mouth open. How can anyone say that to a working mom? Unbelievable!

A common phrase comes to mind: Think before you speak. Everyone makes their own decision to be either a stay at home or a working mother. The rest of the world does not need to make their decision any harder than it has to be. To all of you moms, no matter what course in life you choose, you are doing a wonderful job. And your children will thank you one day for it. That is the only thing that matters.

A money saving tip

Happy Monday!

I mentioned in my post from Friday that I love olives, pickles, capers, etc. as a snack. I love the saltiness and pairing these with cheese just clinches the deal for me. Unfortunately, these items can be very pricey when bought off the shelves. I have priced a jar of capers at $9.99. And the jar is usually 3 ounces! Kalamata olives are pretty expensive as well. Pickles you can get at a decent price. However, most of the brands on the shelves use yellow dye to make the pickles look yellowish. FYI: cucumbers are not yellow. They use the dye to make it look better to the customer.

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I don’t know if I am just late to the game, but I found a cheaper way to enjoy these tasty treats. Last week I made a pizza that included kalamata olives, capers, feta cheese, and sundried tomatoes. Now, if I had bought each of these items in a jar it probably would have cost me close to $30 just to make one night’s dinner. We might as well go out and eat if I am going to spend that much. Then I stumbled across the barrels of olives and pickles at the supermarket. You measure out the amount that you want yourself. They sell these items for $7.99 a pound.

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The pickles were large, so I needed to use one of the larger containers. They cost $3.14! I then moved onto the olives and pitted (yes pitted is so much easier to buy!) kalamata olives cost just $3.12. And it was about a half a pound! I measured out about a half of a pound of capers and they were less than $3!

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I have never been so excited to find a money saving technique at the supermarket! I know I have read stories about how these barrels the foods are kept in are not extremely sanitary. However, I have seen these barrels being cleaned every time I frequent this store. Plus, I would be really disappointed if I found out otherwise :(.

I hope you enjoyed this money saving tip! Let me know how you save at the supermarket. Or anywhere as a matter of fact!

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Kitchen Tip Friday: Capers

Happy Friday!! You know what that means!! It’s Kitchen Tip Friday :).

Today’s post is not really a tip as it is an explanation. So here is my first question: Who likes capers? They are one of my favorite things to snack on. I can have pickles, olives, capers, and cheese as a snack. I love the saltiness and anything with vinegar is delicious in my book.

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Now, on to my next question: Has anyone ever thought about what a caper is? I eat them all the time and just recently I was looking at them. I realized I don’t even know what it is. Well, this article explains it all. In short, capers are pickled flower buds. Crazy huh?

You can read the article for more information on capers. They even give you some great ideas on how to use capers in your recipes. If you have never tried a caper, please do so. You don’t know what you are missing :).

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