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May 11, 2011

25 Manners

I have a lot of fun stuff planned for this summer. However, I just can't let my kids slip and slide through summer without learning something. So, we will be working on our Manners. 
Don't worry, even if you don't have kids, this is a great refresher course for adults too. 
Remember, children learn by example.

25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age 9

Manner #1  When asking for something, say "Please."

Manner #2  When receiving something, say "Thank you."

Manner #3  Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you  and respond when they are finished talking.

Manner #4  If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5  When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6  The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7  Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Manner #8  When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9  When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for  the good time you had.

Manner #10  Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

Manner #11  When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12  Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Manner #13  Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them unpleasant.

Manner #14  Don't call people mean names.

Manner #15   Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Manner #16   Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

Manner #17  If you bump into somebody, immediately say, "Excuse me."

Manner #18  Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose.

Manner #19  As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20  If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so --  you may learn something new.

Manner #21  When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Manner #22  When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23  Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Manner #24  Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25  Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.


Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons.
By David Lowry, Ph.D.

Dec 15, 2010

sink or swim

Sometimes I look at people and think "wow, you're really out there following your dreams and making it happen, good for you." I wish I could get 'out there' but I can't get past this pile of laundry and dirty dishes. My ultimate dream is to be a wife & mother, so I got that one covered,,,,but I still have other dreams....and I hate that sinking feeling I get when I think of them, because they seem so far out of reach. If I make a list of all the things that have to happen to make those dreams a reality,,,I get completely overwhelmed.
Thanks for listening, I'm done whining now.

Dec 6, 2010

It's HERE!
ONE week ONLY!

Nov 2, 2010


Turn your child's art into a toy!
Supplies: markers, paper, kids, fabric markers, light colored fabric, sewing machine, stuffing.
I instructed Emma to draw a person who was a big as the paper.
Apparently what she heard was: draw a sailor with hands like Edward Sissorhands and make sure he is flipping everyone off!
Tape picture to window with light colored fabric taped on top
Trace the picture using fabric markers.
(if your child is skilled at drawing, you can skip these steps and let them draw on the fabric directly)
 Layer drawing on top of second piece of fabric.
Top Stich around entire drawing , leaving an opening to stuff it.
Pink around the drawing.

Let the little fingers stuff it.
Top Stitch the opening closed.

 Watch your child LOVE their creation.
This all started with Aidan.  When Emma saw what I was doing with his art she wanted to make her own.
Here are two other ones that I did for Aid for Aidan. I loved the Frankenstein one.
( I did Aid for Aidan's monsters digitally and printed them from my computer with high quality ink and Bubble Jet Set, hence the better quality)

Getting SOOO close!

Okay, so here is the deal, I need some of you to buy some MONSTER BUTTONS!
We are very close to a $1000.00 from Aidan's Friends and I would really like to see that happen. 
I know we can do it, we just have to pull together!

Oct 22, 2010

Cheese Bear

This is my brown sugar bear. I wasn't using him and felt bad.  So I looked around my kitchen for "things that attract moisture" and viola!
He lives inside of my Parmesan cheese, because I hate breaking up lumpy little balls of cheese.
He loves it there!

Oct 21, 2010

H is for Help

Did you know that you can fight cancer with MONSTERS?
For more information on Aidan and his story 

Oct 19, 2010

Living a charmed life

I'm trying to live a charmed life and I need YOUR help.
What do you do to live a healthy life? 
Share it with me, be specific!
Do you make time for friends, have a really healthy recipe you cook, do a devotional, have you eliminated something nasty from your life, have a great workout plan, take a certain vitamin, have a beauty secret, work with a charity, ect...?
Let me hear you! 
Harry and I doing yoga in the park!

Oct 8, 2010

Beki's Barn Sale

I recently participated in my FIRST barn sale.
I had an absolutely splendid time!
Thank YOU Beki for hosting this lovely event, I can't wait for next year!
Even my key-chain got something sassy to wear!

Oct 4, 2010

Get them before they are gone!

Sep 23, 2010

I hope they remember

My kids will not remember if i wore make-up everyday, or if my fashion was the latest trend.
They will not remember if my house was spotless or if each meal was gourmet.

With any luck, they will remember:
I was always there with a morning hug and kiss goodnight.
I was always there when the thunder boomed and the lighting crashed.
I always knew where the other shoe was hiding.
I knew just what blanket would keep them cozy at night.
I was always willing to rock them just a few minutes more.
I loved them more then life itself.

My kids will not remember how my husband stressed about providing for our family.
They will not remember what car he drove, or what kind of cell phone he had.
With any luck, they will remember:
He was always available to be a human jungle gym.
He was the ultimate tickle monster.
He knew how to scoop them up after a rough tumble.
He knew how to do all the coolest tricks on the scooter.
He knew the precise way to shew away monsters at night.
He was always willing to make popcorn and dance with them.
He loved them more then life itself.

Aug 26, 2010

Lite Berzerka Bars

I love Barefoot and Baking!
Here is my lite version of Bezerka Bars
Bezerka Bars

2 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1/8 cup flax seed
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 sticks of butter, melted
1 t vanilla
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
fresh fruit*

*My favorite is fresh peaches and raspberries but just about anything works, be creative!

Mix all the ingredients, except fruit, together and press into a greased 9x13 pan. Put fresh fruit on top and press lightly into crumb mixture. Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes, until they look dry on top and lightly brown on the edges. These are good warm, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but tend to fall apart easy. To set, let them cool completely. We love these as breakfast bars too.

Aug 18, 2010

Inspirational CRAP and such.

When I saw this chalkboard I knew I had to make it mine. Trouble is, it hangs in my kitchen and stares at me.  It taunts me daily with it's relentless whining and desire to be written on. 
Since clearly I'm not writing on it, I thought maybe you would like to. 
Give me some quick quotes, words of inspiration, funny sayings. 
ANYTHING that will fill the space and I'll throw it up there.

Jun 8, 2010


The awesome and incomparable Wichita Handmade is hosting a fabulous giveaway for the next two weeks!! It begins today and a winner will be drawn on Saturday, June 19th. The prize is a lovely, summer-inspired lemonade, linen, & lace wristlet created by It really is a little cutie!

All you need to do to enter is head on over to Wichita Handmade's facebook fan page, become a fan (or "like," as they're calling it these days), and leave a comment on the giveaway status!

May 24, 2010

Rock, Chalk, Wine

I discovered a new "game", it has quickly become my second favorite game. (I adore "put mommy to bed on the couch" game, Emma loves it too. She is so nurturing.)  I urge you to try this game when you are tired from having a garage sale for 3 days.  

Supply List:
Sidewalk Chalk

Step One: Throw rocks onto patio
Step Two: tell little kids to trace all the rocks
Step Three: Grab that glass of wine, sit back & enjoy how content, quiet, & cute your kids can be.

May 22, 2010

Faux Wonder Under & Foil?

Ironically as I was working on a costume for a parade I'm going to be in this next Saturday... I ran across this little statement:
 Oh MY! 
You have no idea how happy this makes me.  I want to try it NOOOOWWW!
Have you ever done this does it work?

May 11, 2010

Life is Sweet, Literally!

This morning in my sleep deprived state I poured coffee into the sugar bowl and not the coffee cup. Maybe someone could hook me up to a caffeine IV about 15 before I get out of bed. That would really help with my morning routine.

May 7, 2010

Mother of the bride

I made Emma a wedding veil headband  She thought it was useless without a dress.
Dancing in her new veil and my tanktop wedding dress!
Harry kept wanting me to take his picture.  He was so proud of himself for wearing one of Big Sister's Crocs. He kept posing for pictures.

May 5, 2010

Things are not so swimmingly

Lately I feel like I'm always on the verge of a meltdown.
I have a sense that everything is closing in on me.
I can see the light, I just keep tripping over toys every time I reach for it.
Even If I have had 6 cups, I feel like I'm one cup of coffee away from feeling awake.
I'm always one load of laundry away from being caught up.
If Harry slams one more door/cabinet I'm just going to take them all down.
I'm one "Hey Mommy" away from cutting my own ears off.
I feel like I'm dredging along at the bottom instead of swimming at the top.
My patience level is dangerously low.
I'm tired of trying to find foods my kids will eat.
I'm in a viscous cycle of my kids being upset, thus I'm upset, thus they are more upset, thus I'm more upset....
It's like one of those dreams where you're running but not making any progress.
So, what do you do to recharge your batteries, and bust out of a funk?

Beer For Breakfast

I pass this sign everyday. It makes me laugh.

May 4, 2010

Bedhead Baby

On the count of three shout it with me!
BAHaaahaa this kid is hilarious!
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