So every now and then I receive messages on my facebook page about groups of musicians that are looking for a blast on a blog or facebook post. I don’t always look at them or even listen to them, it’s based on how they look and what kind of approach they use. So today I received a request to review a new musician I have never heard of before. The song is called some things and its sung by Jan Johansen. He sings melodious and beautiful. I love the lyrics and the sound. Here’s the video for you to check out.
So for the past thre days I have had a total of five kids in my house, three my own and two staying for two nights while their mom goes out of town. This doesnt include the one i baby sit on a regular basis and the baby i sit for on thursdays and fridays. So I have been bombarded with seven kids and it’s getting really old. Yes I’m making money that is going to pay for christmas but I need a break. December is always a crazy time for me. Sometimes I have extra kids sometimes I don’t have any. But I usually get through it and move forward. The good thing about this year is that I’m finally able to buy the kids a great christmas this year. They are going to have awesome stuff and enjoy every biti of it. My daughter is getting something she has been asking for a for a long while and my sons are too. So I can’t wait to see their little eyes when they get up that morning so I guess this hoard of kids is really worth it.
One of the best parts about having kids is the rejuvenation to youthful wonder they bring. Holidays that years ago started to lose their meaning as you grew up suddenly are glorious again, once again infused with the fun and spirit of the season.
With the holidays quickly approaching, and Halloween now behind us, I started looking forward to ways to make this holiday season memorable.
In the past three or four years, my dedication to decorations and holiday activities has dwindled somewhat. This is partly because keeping the household running has drained my time. This year, I decided I was going to change that, so I started looking online for unique ideas that would help make memories that last a lifetime and put fun back in the season.
1. Snow fort blocks! This idea just kept building on itself the more I thought about it. LLBean and a number of other outdoor and toy stores have these snow fort block molds in various sizes. So far I have found three different ones. They look like little plastic tool chests. You can pack the snow into it, carry it to where you want it on the fort, and open it up to set the block directly into place where you want it. Whoever invented these things was a genius. Now snow forts can be easily made on an epic scale. With food coloring the fort can even be decorated for the holiday season inside and out. We will be making some epic forts as a family this year!
2. Toboggans and round sleds. I found a wood toboggan for a great price, and it fits all of the kids on it. These sleds can get going pretty fast on the right hill so I will have to be careful about who is in charge of the sled when it goes down the hill. Round sleds are always fun too. They go incredibly fast, and can be controlled to do a number of turns and twists easily, making the ride downhill a better experience. I can’t wait for the first big snowfall so we can use the snowthrower to put all the snow from the sidewalks and driveway into one big hill. We can build our own sledding hill, right?
3. Exterior lights. I’m not a fan of having a ton of Christmas themed decor in my yard, but I do love looking at Christmas lights. I found a great variety of white and colored string bulb lights on the Party Lights website. Instead of just putting lights in the front yard this year, I plan on stringing up some of the colored lights on the deck out back and in the tree in the backyard, so that when we go out to have our epic fun in the snow we can use the holiday lights to illuminate the excitement.
I’m really looking forward to this holiday season. All the kids are finally old enough that outdoor fun will be amazing with #epicideas.
As December arrives and thanksgiving leaves we are faced with the realizaion that Christmas is 24 days away. In another three weeks the kids will be taking another break from school in anticipation for Christmas.
This time of year is the best. The only bad thing about winter is that it’s so damn cold. I love the holidays with all the yummy food and family time. But my absolute favorite is the Christmas movies and decorating.
I know it’s a dark picture but I wanted you to get the full effect of the lights at night. They are absolutely stunning. You can see them from down the road and its icycle lights so it looks all magical and pretty.
I love the presents and the family and the food and holiday specials. Christmas is not only about Jesus but it’s about celebrating your love for one another. This year we are lucky enough to afford a good selection of presents for our kids but over the years it hasn’t always been so good and they have learned to accept Christmas as it comes and not to over expect. This year they have no clue what they are getting but it’s going to be the best gift they have ever got and I can’t wait to show them and see their little eyes light up.
Take some time this holiday season to celebrate Jesus and family and show someone you love them no matter what. I know I will.
Birthstone are very important to most Women and Mothers. They represent that special time in your life when either you was born or a child was born. The following infographic details about each birthstone and shows the significance of that birthstone. My birthstone is saphirre and I absolutely love it. It’s a great color of blue and blue is my favorite color. I have always loved blue and when I got old enough for me to know my birthstone color I was not surprise to see it was blue.
When shopping for a women this guide will help you to pick out just the right birthstone ring or necklace for your love. Men don’t care to much about birthstones but women do.
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I’m posting a bit early but I just have to show y’all what my kids did this evening.
Isn’t it wonderful.
When I was a kid I dreamed of catching Santa on Christmas Eve dropping presents off at my tree. We would go every year to see Santa and tell him all about our christmas list and how well we did that year. I remember one year we slept on the on the couch and waited up as long as we could with hopes to catch him sneaking around the house. But of course i fell asleep before I could catch him.
Now every year my kids beg to stay up to catch Santa at the tree. This year we wrote a letter to Santa on the Computer and sent it along and got a response back. But the best this I have found this year is being able to video chat with Santa. This new app by Make Believe LAbs has produced an app that you can download on iTunes so that your little one can video chat with Santa himself.
The service is available starting today, and will be live all holiday season! It’s called Hello Santa, and this year people around the world will be able to have real-time videos calls with Santa Claus from their webcams or iOS devices.
Through the magic of modern technology, and a lot of hard work by the Elves at the North Pole, children from around the world can have a real, live video call with Santa.
Here is a fun trailer I think you’ll enjoy:
Users can either schedule a call for a specific date/time, or tap the ‘Call Santa Now’ button to start a live video call with Santa instantly. Once the call is over, you can share your special moment with friends and family on Facebook & Twitter, or over email and SMS.
You can use promo code “JOLLY” to get $5 off for your first call.
Can you imagine their little faces as they see and hear Santa talking to them. I know my kids would love this app.
Now remember this app is only available from the iTunes store and only available through your iOS service.
Who here knows who Bill Cosby is?
I’m sure just about everyone does. The most memorable father in TV history. He was the notorious father to Rudy and all the other Huxtable kids in The Cosby Show. Which aired through th late 60′s and early 70′s. The reruns played well into the 21st century.
I remember as a kid Bill Cosby saying to his kid Theo “I brought you into this world, I can take you out.” That was the funniest thing I had ever heard at that age. My parents used to use this on us all the time cause they just thought it was the most hilarious thing.
Well after a 30 yr hiatus Bill Cosby is making a come back. On November 23, Bill Cosby’s first television concert special in 30 years, FAR FROM FINISHED, debuts on Comedy Central. This is going to be hilarious. Bill Cosby is notorious for being a super hilarious man. He ran the show about Kids saying the darndest things and the fat Albert show, two very funny shows. When asked why he was returning after so long Cosby said, “Because . . . funny is funny.”
Since Cosby entered the scene over three decades ago he has amazed people with his comedic banter and funny voices he can do. He has produced such wonderful favorites as the I spy, The Cosby Kids and many more to also include his best selling album and books called Fatherhood.
To début the Comedy central show airing on the 23rd Mr. Cosby is asking his fans to lend their laughter in his #LaughterIsUniversal game: http://BillCosby.com/FarFromFinished
You can hop on over to this video to check out how you can take part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhJzhcsMTp8&feature=youtu.be
With all the funny things that Bill Cosby has done in the past fifty years this is sure to be an awesome special on Comedy Central.
Finding bedding for children can be a fun adventure, but many stores only offer a small selection that mainly include licensed cartoon characters on their patterns. If you want to decoration your child’s room with bedding that has sophistication as well as fun, you may want to consider something like Sweet JoJo Designs. These designs have bright colors, fun patterns and are tailored to fit the sizes of beds your children may use. Without cartoon characters, your child can still have a fun, vibrant room that meets their needs from age four to fourteen.
Accessories also help to add to any bedding that you choose. These accessories can include throw pillows, accent rugs, wall decor and more. If you want to put together a fully themed room, these accessories are a great way to put the bedding design into every other element of the room, such as the floor, the walls or any chairs you may have in there. To further enhance the look of the themed room, you can also coordinate the color of the walls with the bedding that you choose.
The great thing about this type of bedding for many parents is that many of the patterns can grow with your child. Children grow fast, and it may be hard to keep up with their new likes and dislikes, especially if you have bought those comforters and sheets with their favorite cartoon characters on it. Choosing a fun pattern instead of those characters will make sure that you can keep the room as it is for years to come. This not only saves money in the long run, but it takes away the hassle of having to find new bedding every single year.
You can easily shop today at retailers like Children’s Bedding Boutique to find the right style that meets the needs for your young boy or girl. They have a variety of patterns and bedding choices, from simply patterns to themes such as sailing, animals, flowers and more. the bedding also comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to fit with the furniture you already have in your child’s room.
My DD is in the 7th grade and in the state we live in when in 7th grade you have to do some form of volunteer work for either a disable person, elderly person, or animals. My DD is an animal loving girl so she chose animals. So like the good mom I am I got on the computer and researched what she could do to volunteer for animals. While researching we learned that until the age of 16 she is not allowed to physically help with the animals. The only thing she is allowed to do is to collect donations for the shelter that houses them. One form of donation is towels, another is blankets, and another is coke cans. So we decided to go around the neighborhood to friends and family and neighbors and speak to them about the need for volunteers and donations at the PAWS Human center. We asked for donations in the form of towels, blankets, or coke cans and collected over ten items. Our goal was to collect at least ten items from our volunteer hours. We actually collected more than ten items. I was so proud of my daughter and the effort she put into volunteering for the animals. I had to give her a little push here and there but she did great in the end.
Homeless animals are a very real problem. In every city and town there are hundreds to thousands of homeless animals. Instead of going to that back yard breeder why not rescue a shelter pet. I know that y dog was rescued from an old man who was trying to turn them over to the shelter and I believe strongly in taking in an animal that needs a home. That is why I rescue animals that are in need of a home. Over the years I have helped to rehome many animals over the past few years and I always check to make sure they are going to a great home. Thankfully I havent heard anything unfortunate about the animals I have rehomed.
Here are some pictures of us on our volunteer adventure.
My how plan’s change. So going into this weekend the plan was for my hubby to take the boys camping and me and the girl to be here alone. Then my DD decided that she wanted to go skating and then after that she wanted to spend the night off so I thought I would have the house to myself. Boy was I wrong. My daughter decided to come home for Saturday night with a friend and my hubby decided to not go camping and grill out at home instead. So now I’m sharing my nice quiet evening with the whole family and my DD’s friend. I may be babysitting tonight and so then we will have a house full. I’m very happy to have my family here with me but I was seriously looking forward to a night at home alone. So instead of that we will rent a movie and enjoy each others company, maybe pop some pop corn and veg out on the couchs. I may if I don’t babysit get my drink on right here at the house. Maybe invite my hubby’s Aunt over to hang out.
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My outfit is care of American eagle jeans, Hane’s pink tee, and Tom’s star shoes. Loving these Tom’s so much I practically wear them every day. Lol. Today has been a lazy day with playing with munchkin, little A, and baby A. Wee have had some super hero fighting, some wrestling, and tickle fights. Were have naked some muffins, cleaned a little, and enjoyed some beef hotdogs. Now that I think about it, its no so lazy of a day after all. Lol.
It doesn’t matter how big your home is, you’ll always manage to fill the space you have! Whether you think you could do with an extra bedroom for some much needed storage space or whether you’re considering a conservatory extension to try and give you and your family more room, whatever you decide to do to expand the space you have, you will always manage to use it.
That is why the storage of kid’s toys is so important, especially in a growing family. If you’re not careful, toys will take over every inch of spare room you have and, while some families are happy to have toys scattered around their home all the time, others like to have a bit of order.
It’s always a smart idea to try and limit what the kids have access to at any one time. Rotating toys, especially when they’re younger, can help to extend their attention spans while giving them a nice change of playthings every once in a while.
As for storage, you will need to be smart with the space you have if you want to try and maximise it as much as possible.
Toy ladders are a fantastic concept for cuddly toys and teddy bears. Simply screw it into their bedroom wall and use the rungs on the ladder as storage bars for their stuffed toys. Keep their favourites, such as their super cool Dance & Play Puppy near the bottom so that they can easily reach them, and store not-so-popular alternatives higher up and out of the way.
Keep a storage box or drawer unit in the living room which can be accessed by them all the time. It doesn’t need to contain every single toy known to man, but a good supply of toys will help to keep them entertained while spending time in the lounge. Their bedrooms can be where the majority of their toys can live (or a playroom if you have the luxury of one of those!)
With Christmas on the horizon, now would be a perfect time to revamp the toy storage options that you have at home. Regardless of how many children you have, their toys can easily take over the whole house if you’re not careful. Try and keep them a little organised – store dolls in the same drawer and playsets in another so that, whatever they want to play with, it can easily be found.
There are so many innovative ways of storing toys nowadays – get creative and head online for some toy storage inspiration!
So today I woke up and got the kids ready and we headed out to spend time together. We went to the mall and window shopped, then we got lunch from krystals, then headed to the park. After the park we visited the hubby at his shop then went home. My daughter is volunteering for the local animal shelter so we did some volunteer work then came home to relax. But my sister invited us too get place for a cookout so we went over their for that. Its been a very fun day and a very long day. I’m glad I can spend time with my family. Not many people get as much family time as I do. I’m very grateful for family time and for my family. Without them life would be boring. We laughed, we ate, and we enjoyed each other’s company. It’s been a fun day but very exhausting.