Archive for November, 2009

11/17/09
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Missing


My husband introduced humor into my life. Being married to him has opened my eyes to finding humor in everyday life. Such as in cinnamon rolls…or the absence of them. Other than the icing, can you tell what’s missing? I bet my husband could tell you.

cinnamon rolls

11/16/09
Amy
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(Money-Saving Tips) Holiday Menu Shopping


You may not put much thought yet into what you will cook for holiday meals or include on your Christmas cookie plates, but a little bit of planning can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Sales on baking supplies and ingredients are already happening. With your menu in hand, you can begin to keep an eye out for great sales and coupons on items that you would otherwise overpay for in a last minute rush. This also gives you the opportunity to gradually accumulate the needed ingredients and holiday foods, making it much gentler on the budget.

Holidays cost enough as it is. By simply doing a little bit of planning, this is one area where you can minimize holiday expense.

11/14/09
Amy
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Bangs


The last time I had bangs, I was 14 years old.  They were the one-long-semi-whispy-curl type of bangs. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I’ve had a bit of a personal block against bangs since then.

But I’ve been wanting to make a change to my hair and had admired some of the latest trends in bangs. My biggest hesitation was the commitment that comes with bangs (i.e. the full year grow-out process), but then I realized that they would not be the thick, full bang that I wore in elementary school and that modern day layering also eases the transition process. Who knew a person could have so many childhood issues with a hairstyle?!

So I took the plunge and faced my fears. I’m glad I did.

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Amy
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(Crafts) Crayon Rubs


My favorite crafts are those that require only two or three craft materials. Easy construction, easy clean-up. They also become some of my kids’ favorites because I am much more willing to repeat them!

Crayon Rubs are one of those fun and easy crafts. All you need is a piece of paper (printer paper is perfect) and a crayon with the paper peeled off. The child can then go around the house looking for surfaces of varying textures. Lay the paper on top of the surface, turn the crayon onto its side, and rub it on top of the paper. As you rub, the texture of the surface will come through. This is a simple and fun sensory activity!

*Tip: For an added educational twist, ask the child before the rub is made what they think the rub will look like.

crayonrubs

11/13/09
Amy
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(Deep Cleaning) Steering Wheel


steeringwheelWhen we try to avoid being exposed to too many germs, we often think about places like shopping carts, ATM machines, gas pumps, and public restroom doors. But if you have touched any combination of those places, your car’s steering wheel is probably just as bad.

Take a minute and give your steering wheel a good wipe down.

11/12/09
Amy

(Cooking) Crepes


Crepes are often viewed as a delicate gourmet dish, but they are actually no more difficult to make than pancakes. They are simply bigger and are made from a thinner batter. Crepes make a fabulous breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. You can fill them with berries, bananas, cream cheese, applesauce, or even just butter and cinnamon sugar or a dab of melted chocolate. However or whenever you serve them, they are a fresh and light dish.

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3 T butter, melted
2 c milk
6 eggs
1 c flour or GF Flour mix*

Directions:

Melt butter. Add milk and eggs. Beat with a whisk until mixed. Add flour and beat until smooth.

Pour one ladle full of batter onto a lightly buttered skillet over medium heat. Cook until the top side is mostly dry or the bottom side is lightly browned. Flip and cook the opposite side until it is also lightly browned.

Remove from the skillet and fill with desired fillings. Top with confectioner’s sugar or cinnamon sugar if desired.

*Gluten free flour mix: 6 c. brown rice flour, 2 c. potato starch, 1 c. tapioca starch

11/11/09
Amy

(Living Love) Patterns of Relating


Patterns of relating are developed, learned, and created. As much as we sometimes wish that we could simply will healthy patterns of relating into existence, it takes time, love, and repetition.

We could all pretty easily come up with a lengthy list of improvements we would like to see in our spouse and ways we wish that they would show us love more often. Yet sometimes the things that we wish they would do for us the most, we ourselves withhold from our spouse. Maybe it feels as if the wishes we hold closest to our hearts are threatened if we release them or admit them?

In all relationships, patterns of relating become habit. They are repeated and, when we do not oppose them, we in fact affirm them. Do not sit and simply wish that you spouse was more physically affectionate or complimentary.  Most likely, you have been a part of the cycle. If you want to see a change, you reach out to your spouse. Touch them, compliment them, pursue them. The desires in your own heart can be a reflection of relational shortcomings in your relationship.

Break the cycle. You can be the one to start the learning and development process of integrating new patterns of relating into your relationship.

11/10/09
Amy
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(Comic Relief) Bedtime in a Hurry


I know that you never hurry bedtime for the sake of a little peace and quiet…

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(Comic copyright Baby Blues Partnership)
11/09/09
Amy
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When life is less than ideal…


Recently, my life has been less than ideal. At least how it measures up to my ideals. At first I thought that I just had an off week. Okay, maybe two off weeks. And then I thought I had simply fallen behind and that things would be “normal” again as soon as I had a day or two that I could designate to regrouping. Two months later, those days still haven’t come and I am finally realizing that this is actually a season in my life. Our schedule has very little rhythm, I have spent very little time doing creative and educational activities with Samuel (even though I purchased all of the materials), I have not made a menu in two months, I am out of my blogging routine, the list of household projects is mounting, and I am behind in communication on all fronts.

But I am gradually learning that it is okay. One thing that I have come to appreciate in recent weeks is how this rather chaotic phase in my life has forced me to reevaluate my priorities. As I posted about here, I’ve had to acknowledge that I have a very limited number of things that I can accomplish in one day. What is important enough to me to put on that short list? It has definitely caused me to see some of the baggage in my life that I need to shed and then refocused me.

I’ve recently done a lot of swimming against the current in attempt to get to my desired destination. But maybe for right now, I need to rest and let the current carry me.


Amy

(Classic Play) Toy Catalogs


ToyCatalogsToy catalogs can flood our mailboxes during the holiday season. But instead of tossing them in the trash, turn this free resource into hours of entertainment for your kids! Set the catalogs aside and save them for your kids to look through. They will spend hours pouring over the pages and dreaming. Do you remember doing the same thing as a child? It is classic!

For an added activity with the catalogs, the child can cut out their favorite toys and glue them onto a piece of paper.

*Tip – Save these magazines for road trips or other times when quiet entertainment is needed.