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Breakfast Pizza for Toddlers-OAMC

You must go try this!  OAMC has another hit on her recipe list.  I made it tonight and DH was already chowing down on a piece of it.  I decided to make it to help me organize time better in the mornings with the boys.  I ended up making a double batch and if you cut the pieces smaller, it could probably make more servings.  My edits are in ORANGE

source: OAMC

Breakfast PizzaToddler Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients: 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls (I used 2 and overlapped them to create no seams on a full cookie sheet).5 lb pork sausage, browned (I used a full pound tube)1.25 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (again, I doubled to about 3 cups).25 tsp garlic salt.25 tsp pepper.25 cups green onions, finely chopped.75 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (I used my eye for this).75 cups egg substitute (I used the full carton)Directions: Preheat oven to 375F. Unroll crescent rolls and lay onto a greased cookie sheet, creating a rectangle shape, pressing the perforations together to seal. Bak…

Let's shop!

Toddle Along Tuesday's topic this week is Places to Shop

Here are a few of my picks.

Ann Taylor and Banana Republic- where I'd shop if money grew on trees. Thank goodness they both have outlet factory stores :)  I love the classic styles and tailored looks. Many of their pieces can be worn season after season or just paired with a trendy article at the time. I've never had issue with quality either. I've gotten better about making smarter clothing choices so I actually can shop here versus just splurging on pieces that are a "deal". (See Below)

Where I shop because money doesn't grow on trees...

Kohl's and Target- where I bargain shop. I am a sucker for their clearance sections and the coupons from Kohl's. Plus they are closer to me than the mall stores.  I like to steer away from them sometimes for clothing because it seems like everyone around me shops there and I like to try to be different.

For the husband:

JC Pennys and Macy's practically g…

Slimming Down Sunday- Week 21

Week 21

Weight Change: ?? No scale around

Total Difference: - 6.4 lbs.

Notes: I ate way too much cake this week. Period. But I did manage a successful swim suit shopping trip so I suppose all was not lost. I also have still gone two weeks without pop! However, I consumed a few too many frozen coffee drinks in place of the caffeine. Those are killer in the calorie dept.

Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Goal Weight:  19 pounds from where I am now, aka the weight I was when I said "I Do"

Wish me luck!

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Mom of 120 Teenagers

Ahhh, Summer is here and with that, my job of being a "mom" to over 100 teenagers daily is over for a couple of months.

I teach social studies to juniors and seniors in high school which range in age from 16-19.  Oh the joys.  I can't even tell you the crazy stories that come through my door 185 days of the year.  Some of them keep me up at night.  Some of them make me shake my head.  Some make my heart ache.  Some make me want to give my boys an Alice in Wonderland potion that will keep them young forever.  And yes, some of them make me want to give my boys another potion that will make them immune to hormones.

I know they are my students and not actually my kids, but I often refer to them all as "my kids" in conversation rather than "my students". I love that I learn so much from them every day.  They are so creative and interesting.  They all just want to be acknowledged, know that they matter and that things will get better.  I hope I give them th…

How to Prepare for a Garage Sale

I have way too much stuff.  It's my fault.  It's my husbands fault.  It's the dozen grandparents we have faults.

But I'm getting rid of it next weekend hopefully.  Alex is excited since he is trying to save for Disney World. As a girl growing up my family had garage sales monthly during the summer so I've got the hang of it a little bit.

Here are some tips I've come up with--
Check if a permit is needed -- some communities require a permit to hold a sale, make sure to check it out if you need one or you might be fined.Send the kids to the sitter -- I can't be interrupted especially when people show up early so it is best just to make sure they are taken care of by someone else for the couple of daysStrategically pick the dates -- if your town has a  community garage sale find out those dates and try to arrange your sale around the same time.  Generally Thursday-Friday-Saturday are the best days in my area.  Stay away from holiday weekends as most people will…

Co-Sleeping -- Denied

I've never co-slept with either of my boys.  And it wasn't by choice.  This post isn't meant to fuel any mommy wars going on out there, but simply for me to complain and whine that I don't have cuddly babies that ever wanted to co-sleep with me. 
I planned on at least having Alex stay his first night home in our room in his pack and play, but DH was against it.  WHAT?!  But we are one layer of drywall, insulation, and another layer of drywall away from him!  That was entirely too far for this momma bear, but my the sleep-deprived-self caved and gave into daddy bear that night.  Alex took to his crib quiet easily and I was left with no baby to cuddle.  That first night out I'm pretty sure any possibility of bed sharing or co-sleeping went out the window.  Alex was an independent guy.

With Cameron I was going to switch it up.  I was going to try again at least during nap time.  Nope.  Denied again.  He wanted his crib and was perfectly content in it.  He did however…

Favorite Firsts - Toddle Along Tuesday

This week's topic over at Growing up Geeky is "Favorite Firsts"

I tend to forget a lot of things.  But I do remember some great first time moments.

I remember my first kiss with my husband, which was way better than my first kiss from some guy when I was 14.

I remember telling him we were pregnant for the first time.

I remember becoming a mom for the first time.

The only thing better than those first time memories was being blessed were getting to have those all experiences a second time.  I thank my lucky stars and the heavens above for these gifts.

 Meeting Alexander for the first time Meeting Cameron for the first time
What are some of your "Favorite Firsts"?

Meal Plan Monday

Monday: Beef Stir Fry with Veggies (From left over Party Tray)
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops w/potatoes
Wednesday: Slow cooker Easy Dijon lemon Chicken
Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Pizza Muffin Balls W/ Salad

Saturday - Tuesday: out of Town

Notes: the Dijon Lemon Chicken I just did in a skillet for fear it would be too dry in the slow cooker and the pizza muffins were a hit!

Slimming Down Sunday -- Week 20

Week 20

Weight Change: -0.6

Total Difference: - 6.4 lbs.

Notes: I reevaluated My Fitness Pal goals and changed them.  I was going over by just a little bit every day to be on track to loose 1.5-2.0 lbs. per week.  I wasn't going over by much, but always being over stressed me out and I felt defeated.  Remember part of this is a mental exercise too, so that is what I am reminding myself.  My new goal is to lose 1 lb. per week and that gave me an extra allowance in calories per day which I find more manageable and have been able to stay under..  I also managed to accomplish 7 days without pop!!! This is huge for me!!!  I hope to keep the streak alive this week too.

Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Goal Weight:  19 pounds from where I am now, aka the weight I was when I said "I Do"

Wish me luck!

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods

Summer Bucket List

Summer is around the corner and I'm all ready to put my feet into the kiddie pool and sip on margaritas

I suppose in reality though I should try to accomplish something during the break.

Here is what is on my summer bucket list (in no particular order):

Spend time with Momhave an Indoor Picnic (for a rainy day)Outdoor PicnicFoil RiverScavenger HuntColor Scavenger HuntWash CarSkills & Enrichment for the boysVisit LibraryGo to a park programWork with Alex on riding his bikeRollerbladingRide my bike SwimCatch lightning bugsWater balloons / squirt gun fightShop at the farmers' markets Visit a county fairHave a garage saleRead a chapter book with AlexClear out the craft roomGet carpets stretched in Master BedroomPaint Master BedroomVacation with my DHVacation with the family What is on your Bucket List for the Summer?

Learning Sight Words - Reading

Like most parents, I encourage reading in our house.  Alex (almost 4 1/2) is doing very well at reading and I think the way that we have done sight words in our house has helped that along so I thought I'd share it.

I bought a couple of packages of colored index cards and some large binder rings.  I then split the cards up by color and randomly just started writing words on them.  I suppose I could have done them in alphabetical order, but I just went down the list.  Laminating them would also be a good idea.

I then punched each of the cards and bound them with the rings so that each color was in its own bunch.

Now comes the part as to why I feel this is effective.  Before bed, HE gets to pick the color HE wants.  Ah, control and choice to a toddler is like a moth to a flame.  We do one color batch a night along with a story or two.  It is really exciting to see that he actually is reading the words and not just memorizing them.

I started doing sight words with him last summer, be…

Never Did I Ever Think...

This week's TAT  over at Growing up Geeky is "A Thing You Never Thought You'd Do"

Where do I begin? There are tons of things I've done that I swore thought I'd never do.  Here's a few that have come true that I didn't think would

Be a teacher-- While I was cruising through college spending tens of thousands of dollars getting "cultured", I never thought I'd be a teacher at the end of it.  Thank God that worked out.Have a job that required I get up so early-- I am a night owl and I missed nearly 1/4 of high school when I was attending so I have no clue why I picked a career that requires me to work such a rigid schedule and to be up and at 'em by 7am.   Go to Europe so young-- I had the desire for sure, but I thought that is what you got to do when you were old and retired and gray haired.  Damn I got lucky.Be afraid to fly-- I've been fortunate traveled a bit (see above) and can even remember flying as a child.  No way did I ever…

Meal Plan Monday

Monday: Homemade Pizzas & Salad Tuesday: Chicken w/ Kraft Fresh Kit Wednesday: Spaghetti & Vodka Sauce Thursday: Barbacoa, Beans & Rice
Friday: Leftovers

Saturday - Sunday: out of Town

Slimming Down Sunday - Week 19

Week 19

Weight Change: + 4 lbs.

Total Difference: - 5 lbs.

Notes: Ok, ok.  I'm not sure my gloating last week was well deserved.  It appears my scale was on the fritz and when I got a new one, my weight was 4 pounds different...and not in the anticipated direction.  I rather enjoyed the celebration while it lasted and am still determined.  I have tracked my food this week (even a dreadful mistake of a ColdStone milkshake) MyFitnessPal this week plus with my new bike I'm hoping will help keep me on track.

Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Goal Weight:  19 pounds from where I am now, aka the weight I was when I said "I Do"

Wish me luck!

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods

Mommy Movies - Link Up

With Mother's Day around the corner I thought I'd reflect on some movies that I love. Given my mom's illness and our often strained relationship, I find a lot of comfort from Hollywood and it's portrayal of family and mother daughter relationships.

What is your favorite Mommy Movie?

Link up telling me about your favorite Mommy Movie!  It can be one that reminds you of your mom, about a mom, or even just has a mom in it.

Cheap & Free Entertainment - TAT

How to keep those toddlers entertained?  With summer approaching and me switching to SAH status this is a topic on my mind.
Go Play with your Brother -- Well, it probably isn't the cheapest entertainment per say, but it certainly does the trick.  Siblings add an instant playmate that is in-house!Sprinkler Park -- our local community has one of these and it is great.  I mostly love it because it cools the kids off plus it is way safer than a pool so I might actually be able to get a little summer reading in for myself.Buckets -- I think my boys are little Dozers from Fraggle Rock.  I give them a bucket and they are entertained just by seeing what all they can put into it.  Use them outside for collecting rocks or other things from nature.   Inside they fill them up with blocks, cars, whatever they can find and then dump them out and repeat the process. Sounds kind of boring to me, but they are entertained. Books -- Always a good choice either at home or a visit to your local librar…

Meal Plan Monday

Monday: Cubed Steak & Mashed Potatoes w/veggies
Tuesday: MOmma's night out -- Boys will probably have Fish

Wednesday: Feta Chicken & Couscous (we went out last week so this reappears)
Thursday: Balsamic Pork Chops & Roasted Potatoes & Veggies

Friday: Left Overs

A Pox Upon Your House!

Vaccine --- FAIL

Chicken Pox has made its appearance here in our household.  My youngest started out Thursday with a mild fever of 101-102 all day and some fussiness.  His fever eventually broke and after his bath that night I notice pimply marks around his groin, but I just thought maybe he was sensitive to the soap or it was a diaper rash.

Fast forward to Friday morning when his thighs were now covered.  I had to go to work so DH stayed home and I told him call the doctor if it spread.  Well apparently DH didn't wear his glasses that day because when I got home his legs were covered to his feet and now his arms were getting it.  And of course, the doctor was closed.

Thankfully our pediatrician has Saturday morning hours (a must if you're looking for one!) and confirmed that Cameron does indeed have Chicken Pox.

Evidently the vaccine is only good about 70% of the time.  Nice to know.  However, since he was vaccinated, his outbreak is very mild. Mostly it is just affecting his…

Slimming Down Sunday -- Week 18

Week 18

Well I took a few, okay 5, weeks off from reporting my results but I thought I'd update since I've been at my mini goal weight and haven't gained in the last 2 weeks.  Let's hope I don't jinx myself with this post.

Weight Change: -1.2

Total Difference: -10 pounds since post-Thanksgiving Day

Goal Progress: 0 pounds to go before mini-goal #1

Notes: A stomach virus and INSANE stress may or may not have helped push me over to my mini-goal #1

Now for the NEW goal:

Goal Date: 10/15/12 - my 7 year wedding anniversary

Goal Weight: -15 pounds from where I am now, aka the weight I was when I said "I Do"

Wish me luck!

Created by MyFitnessPal - Nutrition Facts For Foods

Congratulations, you'll always be unemployed!

Let me preface this post by saying that I know times are tough out there and I empathize greatly with those of you going through the tough employment times.  I know some of you might be unemployed, underemployed and that you are trying your hardest to make that situation change.

This post however is not for you.

This post is for people who need to get what I like to politely say need "a little pep in their step".  These people will remain unemployed unless they do these things. They will also continue to blame others and make excuses for their situation until they look in the mirror. Getting a job out there is hard enough without lacking some basic fundamental work skills.  These comments also pertain to any job, because those meaningless jobs just might be the stepping stone to a better job, so don't take that for granted.

My reasons for this poll come from my observations professionally and personally.  I just feel I need to get some things off of my chest.

If you have…

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

We had this for dinner tonight and it was a thumbs up from DH.  I could mostly taste the sweetness and not really any heat or lime, but I loved the green enchilada sauce.  It was mild enough for the kids to eat too.  I used sour cream instead of heavy cream like suggested below as well as only about 5 tablespoons of honey.

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

6 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons lime juice (1 large lime)
1 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded (I used 3 small chicken breasts)
8-10 flour tortillas
1 pound monterey jack cheese, shredded
16 ounces green enchilada sauce
1 cup heavy cream (to lighten them up, I have substituted sour cream with good results)

Mix the first four ingredients and toss with shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour (I tossed mine together in a ziploc bag in the morning and let it sit in the refrigerator all day). Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of …

Heatin' Up Link-Up

Summer is around the corner and I'm thinking I'll need some new blogs to read to escape the heat and entertain me while the little ones nap.

Come link up and find some blogs to follow and some followers to start reading your blog too!

Bedtime Routine - TAT

How do I handle bedtime with 2 little ones? Thankfully they make it pretty easy on us.

I like to get the ball rolling around 7:15-7:30 by heading upstairs. We don't have mostly books in their rooms instead of toys which helps make reading part of the bedtime routine.

We do baths on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We trade off who does bath duty depending on what else needs to be done around the house, which one us needs a break, or is working late.

Cameron gets a story or two but is ready for bed pretty quickly. He is usually in bed before 8pm and is so good about falling right to sleep as long as he has his blanket. Tonight was an early night :)

Alex gets a little bit more attention during the bedtime routine since we are working on reading and he likes the alone time without Cameron. We usually do sight words, then he will read a book and then either Daddy or I will read him a story. If he is still awake after that we let him do a sticker book or play with his Star Wars…