Grocery Lists!

I don’t know about you, but I am infamous for making a grocery list and leaving them at home or actually remembering the list but getting so frazzled by people and my kids that I still forget half of the things that are actually on my list that I need. Then, of course, it’s off to the store the next day and then the day after that because, as usual, I still forget something that I needed.

To try to help curb this horrible pattern and unnecessary spending (because, let’s face it, you go to the store for 1 or 2 things that you had forgotten and you walk out with 10 more things, half of which you didn’t even need!), I have come up with this spreadsheet printable grocery-list for your use (as well as my own). I also included a picture below just to show you how simple it is to use.

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Just a little something to help you keep everything organized.

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Ode to a new year!

New year, new me! Right? Well, at least it’s a new year to try! Do you have any new year’s resolutions? New Goals? Picking up an old goal you lost sight of perhaps? Well, I am going to give a few a chance this year. So far on my list is:

  1. Lose weight! (I know, everyone does this but I definitely need to get back to being healthy!)
  2. Be a better mom (Not get so frustrated and so mad at myself for things I can’t control)
  3. Keep myself on task more! take advantage of every minute!
  4. Keep on top of the mountain of laundry! I swear that stuff multiplies (except for socks!!!).
  5. STICK TO THE BUDGET!!!!!!! I cannot put enough exclamation points next to this! I nag my husband a lot about this but I know I can be just as bad when it comes to crafting supplies!
  6. Create a shopping list and stick with it! I am so bad about forgetting things then having to go back all the time because I would make a list of things I would forget and then get home and realize I had forgotten something else! It doesn’t help when I usually have my two kids in tow and they are asking for something or nit picking at each other.
  7. SPEAK MY MIND!!! I am really bad about keeping things in and trying to avoid confrontation, but it’s not healthy to keep it bottled up and my goal is to just let it out and whatever happens happens (bring on the family drama!)
  8. Keep this blog on track and up to date! I really need to stay on top of this.

I’m thinking that this is a pretty good start so far as I am sure my list will grow throughout the year. You will definitely hear about these throughout the year and if I am actually sticking with it or not. Good luck with all of your resolutions as well! I truly hope and pray that they all work out for you!

Way too long!

Well, it has been a while since I have been able to get on here and get another post going! Way too long! Between stomach bugs (apparently, Linda Blair has nothing on my son with his not so lovely exorcism re-enactment) and pinched nerves and, well, life, It has been pretty hectic in my house! We went to the zoo with my daughters class the day before school was let out for the summer. My husband called that afternoon and was like, “well, I haven’t seen any news reports about more kids in the animal exhibits so I take it everything went ok.” Surprisingly, my 4 year old son was really good. Like, Pod-people-have-taken-over good. I think he just liked the fact that he was being pulled around in a wagon and didn’t have to use a lot of energy! Me on the other hand…Well, I definitely got my exercise that day.

Now, I am trying to slowly get ready for camping. We are going in about 2 weeks and all we have is a tent! I have no food, but at least we have shelter! Trying to think positive. Especially with my back the way it is, pinch nerve and all. Not to mention the family drama that may ensue while there. We go to “family camp’ every year. It is at a campground on the other side of the state that we have gone to since I was little. We had so many fun times there as kids, and I truly cannot wait for my own children to make their own memories there, I just hope my aunts can set aside their issues for the few days that the kids, my husband and I will be there. If not, I really have no issues just going off and doing our own thing. They have so many activities and things now that they never had when we were younger, so I plan on definitely taking advantage of that, not to mention the putt putt course and lots of bike rides. I also pray that my kids are behaving (let’s face it, 4 and 6 can be difficult to say the least!) and aren’t running off every which way, which they are very good at.

 

A loss. A torn loss.

Last Friday, my grandfather on my mother’s side passed away. Now, I have posted how I am not exactly the most welcomed member of the family after taking my stepdad to court for molesting me for years. Still makes no sense how they, people who are supposed to be family and stand by me while I went through such a hard time, can turn their backs on me when I needed family the most. Ugh, I can go on and on, but I just know that there is no way in hell I could ever do that to my children.  I would go to jail before anyone ever hurt my children. I will set the example for them to do the right thing, even when no one else thinks it is. I don’t know what I would have done without my dad and ex-stepmother during this time. It was nice to know I at least had some people in my corner.

Anyway, back to my main story. I was really kind of hurt by the way I found out. My dad texted me to see if I had heard from my mom. I thought it was odd but just told him no, I hadn’t talked to her in a while. He called me a couple minutes later to let me know that he saw on Facebook from one of my grandpas co-workers (he was a retired paramedic) that my grandpa had had a stroke and was in the hospital. I was floored. I didn’t even know what to say at first. I told my dad I would call my mom after we ate dinner and find out what was going on. I went back inside and jumped on the computer to see what was going on and see if anyone I knew had said anything. My sister called me a couple minutes later to let me know and tell me what had happened. He had a massive stroke on Friday night/Saturday morning. This was Monday. I didn’t even know that they had moved back up to Michigan from Florida a few months ago. Apparently he had told my mom that he wanted to be back up here with family whenever his time came. talk about some major foreshadowing there!

I called my mom that night, but we only briefly spoke. I said that dad had called me about it and that my sister had updated me on everything going on. She said that she was grateful my sister let me know and that I had been on her list to call. I tried my remind myself that this is  a hard time for her with her dad in the hospital as I questioned in my head why I was informed after coworkers and people that my grandpa hadn’t talked to in years. I didn’t realize just how low I was there. I shrugged it off, though, and just told her that I really hope he wasn’t suffering and that he goes peacefully. She had said that she had hope but that she was realistic in the fact that he was 80 years old and not in the greatest health even before this happened and knew that he wasn’t going to make it. After saying our goodbyes, and some soul searching, I decided that I wanted to go and at least pay my respect and what not in the hospital. I texted my sister and we figured out that Saturday we were going to go visit. We wound up going up Friday because he had take a turn for the worse Thursday night.

I mentally prepared myself for everything that could happen. I was pleasantly surprised, though, that there were some family members that actually spoke to me. Hugged me and everything. I gave my sister a surprised look and she laughed under her breath and gave me that “just go with it” look. A few minutes after we arrived, they took us back to grandpas room and the priest did the prayer for the sick and dying. I had this done years ago when I was going through treatment for chemo and it was getting rough. I still get chills thinking about it and what an incredible, intense feeling it was. When the priest laid his hands over my head, I had this incredibly overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be alright. Either way it went, whether I lived or died, I was in good hands and that I was being taken care of. Even after the priest had left after performing my sacrament, we sat at the kitchen table and were just in awe of it. My dad looked at me and was like “you felt it too, didn’t you?”  All I could do was nod my head in agreement. I told my sister and mother this which seemed to bring them some relief as the priest was finishing up with Sally, my grandpas second wife.  My grandma, my grandpas first wife, passed away in April of 2000, from a concussion.  I found out after my sister and I spoke when she was informing me of everything, that my grandma had had a stroke 2 weeks before she passed away. I got chills. Here it was, 2 weeks before the day she had passed, and now grandpa had a stroke. I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it now.

I watched as everyone went up and payed their respects and whispered in his ear. I held my sister as she cried, even shed a few tears myself as my mom let out a sob while saying her goodbyes and brought a little smile to her face when I pulled out my pack of “Frozen” themed tissues and told her to just “let it go”.  Then it was my turn. I felt I had to do something since everyone was staring at me.  So I went up and just said that my sister and I were there and that we would be there for mom so not to worry about her and that I forgave him for turning his back on me and that I hope heaven is as beautiful as they say and to say hi to grandma for me. There’s no sense in hanging on to the anger and disappointment of something that will no be changed.I truly hope it brought him at least some peace as he passed. We stayed for a while but had to leave so my poor sister could get some sleep since she was working midnights. My mom called me that night to let me know that he had passed and to thank me for coming.  She also called me Sunday to let me know about funeral arrangements and what not. We went to the funeral on Tuesday and said our last goodbyes. I stood back and let everyone else do their thing. Figured it really wasn’t my place and wound up not going to the cemetery. I had decided it was a family thing and I would let them do their thing. I am glad I went and at least said what I had to say and what not. I know I would have regretted it had I not.

A change of pace!

My family and I have started really trying to change our diet for a few different reasons.  To help us get healthy, to make better food choices (haven’t had fast food since January, which is a huge accomplishment for me to begin with!), and a big reason, is to support my daughter. We are fairly certain that she is ADD/ADHD, but we are trying every route possible to find something that helps her instead of just running out and medicating her. She is really such a spirited child, and the stories I have heard from mothers that have tried the different medication out there, I don’t want her to lose that loving spirit. Ugh, I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

One of the suggestions that had been brought to my attention by her teacher and a few other moms was cutting out dyes and unnecessary sugars and high fructose corn syrup among other things.  I took her grocery shopping with me to explain what we were doing and go over the different ingredients in foods we would buy before and how they aren’t good for us.  After a few times of explaining that foods she LOVED before were not good and we would not be buying them anymore, she really understood and was really good about it. She even busted me the next morning for being bad about it. I had grabbed pop tarts because my husband will usually grab some on his way to work in the morning, and before I get some caffeine in my system, I try to keep things easy and whats easier than just saying “grab a pop tart from the snack drawers”? So that morning I was exhausted because I hadn’t slept well and just told the kids to grab one and eat up. “But mom, we can’t eat those. those are bad for us!” She then ran and grabbed the box, looked in the ingredients and said “look, right there. See, I told you they were bad!” I was really happy that she really grasped the concept and was really good about watching it and at the same time was really bummed because that meant I had to get up off of the couch and make something else! Hate when it backfires some times! lol!

Two Timin’ Pasta Bake

Here is a quick and easy recipe to throw together on a busy day, or to put together and freeze to pull out when you need it! Always a handy thing!

Two-Timin’ Pasta Bake

1 box of penne pasta

1 15oz jar of alfredo sauce

1 24oz jar of marinara sauce

2 cups of shredded mozzarella (I add more because I LOVE cheese)

1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Instructions

Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box, then drain.

Mix the sauces in a separate, large bowl. Combine the mozzarella with the sauce.

After, toss in the pasta and mix well.  Pour into a 9×13 pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

 

My kids devour this every time I make it! Make some garlic bread as well for an extra bonus!

Making Crystals!

The kids and I did an experiment over the weekend that they absolutely loved! You can find a video for it here on Youtube by emmymade.  She walks you through it step by step which is very helpful, because with 2 kids trying to help and do it at the same time, it can get a little crazy! She mentions that she had originally gotten the info from the blog Dans le Lakehouse.  In the blog post, Tanya (the blog creator and DIY enthusiast) talks about how you can also make your crystals bigger and better! You can never go wrong with bigger and better.

Here are the things you will need for the experiment:

  • Powdered Borax
  • pipe cleaners (either white or the color of the crystal you are making)
  • Heat proof glass container (we used regular Ball brand canning jars)
  • measuring spoons
  • scissors
  • pencil or skewer
  • string
  • food coloring

first, We made a form with the pipe cleaner.  We just twisted them around a few times and I let the kids form them however they wanted.  secondly, I tied a piece of string around the pipe cleaner, long enough for it to be suspended into the borax solution, with enough room so that the pipe cleaner doesn’t touch the sides or bottom.

Third I boiled water in a separate pot.  After that was boiling, I poured it into 2 separate jars, filling them up about a cup each.  We then added 3 scoops of borax to each jar and stirred vigorously. Then we added the food coloring. My daughter added pink and my son used blue, their favorite colors!  We then let them sit over night.

This is how they turned out. Well, my daughters. My son won’t let his out of his sight for a second so trying to take a picture wasn’t really working out!

We are definitely going to try it again like she suggests with her round 2 attempt! So glad we found this and we tried it out! The kids loved doing it!

Go check out emmymade‘s youtube channel and the Dans le Lakehouse blog as well! Both have awesome DIY crafts and things that I am definitely adding to my list of things to make, not like it wasn’t long already!

Chip off the old block… Darn it!

Have you ever found yourself disciplining your child, only to remember that you did the same thing as a child? I have found myself in this position quite a lot lately. Both of my children have always been fearless.  Apparently that function did not quite develop fully in their little minds. Between that and the fact that they usually have a fairly high pain tolerance, things get pretty interesting around here.

The other day, I had to repeatedly remind my son that sliding down the banister of our stairs is not safe, especially with a 50 gallon fish tank right next to it! I can only imagine the scenarios and how they would play out ending with fish flopping on my living room floor and a pool of nasty fish water dripping through my wood floor into the basement and me in tears having to clean it all up!

Later that night as I sat down on the couch, the kids in their beds and a glass of wine in my hand, I thought back to when I was a child growing up in the same townhouse complex we live in now.  I remember doing the EXACT same thing that I had just disciplined my son for doing, and how much fun it was!

I also have had to have quite a few talks with my daughter about how antagonizing her little brother and getting him in trouble was not nice at all and that, if she doesn’t knock it off soon, that she will be getting twice the punishment that her brother gets.  The other day, they were screwing around and my little guy wound up getting hurt.  I could hear her say, “wait, no, don’t go tell mom. Do it to me. Really. Do it to me. You can. I promise.” I suddenly had a flashback to playing with my sister and how I used to say that any time she got hurt, which, with us and our lack of gracefulness, was quite a few times!

Needless to say, I sat there and drank my glass of wine and thought back to growing up and what my mother must have felt like having to deal with all of it and how my kids have turned out like me! God help us!

Straight to the point!

This blog will be about everything!! Recipes both for meals and sweets that I come across and like, activities that you can do both with your kids as a family or with your significant other as a much needed date night and anything that has to do with crafts because, well, I LOVE CRAFTS! I love to crochet mostly, but love anything I can put together! I will share stories of my crazy children and things we deal with (like the fact that my 5 year old daughter seems to think she’s a teenager already!) as a family.  I would love this blog to also be a place where mothers can share their own crazy adventures as well! I am always open to new ideas and things! If there is a recipe or anything you would like me to try and post on here, feel free to email me at crazymotherhood@yahoo.com and I will give it a shot! Thank you!