Archive for March, 2009

To Leash or NOT to Leash! Seriously?

Best Snack ever… D-licious!

Telling Your Kids About Sex!

Don't worry this vlog is pg rated as well. And if you have can't afford NOT to watch it...

I found these great books that really cover everything your kid needs to know about sex, when they need to know it. Mark and I decided that we wanted to be the ones to educate our kids, and not leave it to the other children on the playground.  But we were sort of at a loss as to what to say, what not to say, and what age to start the conversation.

I came across this fabulous series that covers this topic, while doing it in an age-appropriate way over time. The series is called God’s Design for Sex, written by Brenna B. Jones and Carolyn Nystrom. The series includes four books, which span ages 3 through 14 years old, so you can begin the conversation at a young age and add details as needed.

The first book is for kids ages 3 to 5 years old. It’s a very watered-down version of where your child came from. But the real doozy is Book 2, which actually uses the correct vocabulary for body parts, and their function. It claims to be for ages 5 to 8 years old, but that felt early to us so we waited a bit longer. When we did get around to reading it to our daughter, she was totally fine until she learned the big news about what goes where, and then she was pretty blown away. Our son, the other hand… when it was his turn to have the book read to him, he found the whole thing hysterical.  So I can’t guarantee how your child is going to react, but this series, which continues on in two more books for ages 8 to 11 years old, and 11 to 14 years old, covers the “birds and the bees” in a very accurate and appropriate manner.  Now, arm yourself with these books, and good luck on the big talk!

WOW! She’s got MAD hops!

Buy Bigger? Calling all coffee drinkers…

You know what, you guys, bigger is better, especially when it comes to coffee. Now I’m a Starbucks girl, but whatever your coffee of choice is, you’re going to love this tip!

So when I head to Starbucks for my caffeine fix, I usually want a tall- or 16 ounce- latte. But get this! When I upgrade to a Venti, for four ounces more it’s only an additional 40 cents! So I get a lot more coffee for just a little more money. Now you might say that you don’t need that much coffee, and to that I laugh! But if I don’t actually need that much coffee either, then after I drink my share, I just place my leftover coffee in the refrigerator.  The next morning my delicious Starbucks is ready to go, I just reheat it in the microwave or even pour it over crushed ice and enjoy a nice, cool iced coffee!  So this time around, bigger really is better.


Shut up guys…my purse is not that BIG!

So, many people tease me because my purse is so huge. Some say I could fit a small child in there. But you know what? Once I show you everything that’s in there, you’ll see how necessary it is to carry around a bag this size! Right, Moms? And no, you can’t fit a kid in my bag, but just you wait, it’s me you’re going to want to be in the car with when one kid gets all messy on the way to school, or you’re at a basketball game and your son is on the free throw line- who’s going to capture that moment? Me!

Here’s what’s inside:  In one pocket alone, I have my Blackberry-total necessity, some cash, baby wipes… Now I don’t have a bay anymore but I still have kids and we all know how they can need a cleanup at any given time. I carry my son’s iPod, and he keeps bugging me to get my own, but when I work out I just use his. Oh, and in that same pocket, my infamous black bag: my true addiction, which I cannot be found without, is LIP GLOSS! I swear, this little black bag that goes everywhere with me holds about 20 of them. (I’ll have another blog post about lip gloss alone, I’m telling you, I love it!)

The next pocket in my purse contains a highlighter & notebook, always be prepared to save those great ideas on the go. Then there’s my wallet, a huge, cluttered mess, but it works for me. I also carry stuff for my contact lenses, a key to my PO Box, and a flash drive. Oh, and a big save here: baby lotion. You know how when your kids are little you can keep track of when they last bathed? Well, with four kids you kind of lose track. So baby lotion (baby lotion) saves the day if you find you’re on the go & someone’s getting into the smelly zone.

All in all, I can absolutely defend my big old’ bag because I am the cool mom who always has everything. Stick with me, and you’ll never be in need. Back me up, ladies! Give me a shout out if you have a huge purse too!

Favorite Find for the week…yummy side-dish!

Meal planning saves me many nights when the kids are at the witching hour and my hubby hasn’t walked through the door yet. I’ve thought ahead and have it on my calendar what main dish to serve my family, but what about a side dish? I’m often at a blank when I’ve got this great main dish ready, like fish, chicken, or whatever, and at the last minute I realize I don’t know what I’m going to serve with it.

That leads to this week’s favorite find! I love, love, love Costco, and am so sorry for any of you without access to one. But for most of us, we can pop into Costco, head towards the freezer aisle, and grab a bag of these: Alexia Sweet Potato Fries! Not only are they easy, just throw them in the oven, but they’re healthy too! Zero trans fat, low sodium, Viola! The true test, though… three out of four of my kids LOVED them! That’s a win for me! So next time you load up at Costco (or really most grocery stores), grab a bag or two of these Alexia fries and have yourself an easy, healthy, and kid-approved side dish!

Easy Easy Project!