This is the best cleaning schedule around!

This is the best cleaning schedule around!
Perfect for busy moms!

August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: First Day Lunch Love


August 23, 2011

Have you ever craved a smell?

Pregnancy Cravings! Sometimes their wacky and weird! You probably have some interesting stories that you could share about the cravings that you experienced with your babies. When I was pregnant with my daughter it was ice cold milk. And believe me when I say it had to be ice cold! I was even known to add ice cubes to my milk if it's temperature wasn't up to my standards. With my second pregnancy I craved crushed ice like nobody's business. It's a good thing that we lived with my Mother/Father-in law at the time because they had an ice maker on their refrigerator. Everyone is the house probably got sick of the sound of grinding ice coming from the kitchen. lol

But here's where it gets a little weird. Have you ever craved a smell? In addition to the ice with my 2nd pregnancy, I craved the smell of Mountain Spring Downy. Totally weird huh!! It's probably a sin how much downy I would put in one load of laundry! My craving got so bad that I went to our local Dollar Tree, where I purchased a $1 spray bottle and filled it with Downy and Water so I could squirt my sheets and furniture! 

Have you ever noticed the cost of Downy? It is stinkin' expensive! Once I had Gauge that craving subsided a little and I made the hard switch to dryer sheets. Well, let me just tell you that they DO NOT smell as nice as the good ole fashioned liquid!! I have gone a l.o.n.g time without my precious green top downy. But no more my friends. I have found a cost effective way of getting that AWESOME smell I love without forking over a ton of money.

Here is what you do. Go to the store and purchase a cute little container, a bottle of your beloved Mountain Spring Downy and a few cheap sponges. You're going to mix downy and water in a 2:1 ratio....enough to fill your jar. I believe my jar fit 3 cups of downy and 6 cups of water. Cut one of your sponges in half and throw them in the jar with your newly combined solution.

When it comes time to dry your clothes, toss your wet clothes in the dryer. Take one sponge out of the solution and lightly wring it out. How much you wring out is totally up to you. I leave mine pretty saturated and lay it on the ledge inside my dryer so it's not laying directly on my clothes. Turn the dryer on and let it work it's magic. Once it's done....enjoy the lovely smell of Downy at a fraction of the price!


I can't tell you how happy this new found solution makes me! :-)

August 22, 2011

Today is the first time

Today is the first time my sweet Baby girl rode the school bus to school. 
Today is the first time she goes to a brand new school.
Today is the first time she will be in school for a full day.
Today is the first time she won't be in a school related to where I work.
Today is the first time I won't have her teacher on speed dial or Instant Messenger.
Today is the first time I won't be picking her up from school.
Today is the first time that she gets to go to school with all of her much loved cousins.

So because she is happy and excited......


It makes this hard transition for Mommy a little tiny bit easier.


She jumped out of bed this morning to get dressed and ready for her big day.


I pray that the Lord blesses and watches after my sweet girl today and in the days to come. 


That he guards her heart and her mind....
that she will be a good student for her teacher.....
that she will continue to grow and learn.....
that she will continue to have a tender heart and a caring spirit.....


Today is the first day of a new adventure, 
and I have no doubt that she will succeed and flourish. 


I love you soooo much Sweet Gracie!! 
It seems like only yesterday that I was taking you for your first day of PreKindergarten


August 21, 2011

All ready for tomorrow!

 Shopping is done

Supplies are labeled

Teacher met

lunch packed

Forms filled out

Alarm set

Bring on the 1st Grade!!

August 8, 2011

Ahoy Matey!

Last week we celebrated Gauge's 4th Birthday with a Pirate Party.
On his actual birthday (the day before the party), my Dad decided that he wanted to surprise Gauge and dress up like a pirate. He took it upon himself to go online and research ways to make your own costume....then went to the local thrift store to purchase everything. I think it's totally ADORABLE that he did this for Gaugie! Go Papaw!!

Picnik collage

The day of the party I worried about the weather because it was looking pretty overcast in the morning. It turned out to be a gorgeous (and hot) day. We were thankful for my in-laws pop up tent because our house (being pretty new) doesn't have shade trees. We borrowed Uncle Nate's old tattered pirate flag to fly out front to welcome our guests.

Picnik collage

I tried my hand at replicating a cake that I found online. It turned out just ok. It tasted yummy and Gauge liked I guess that's all that matters.

Picnik collage

Gracie was such a great little helper for Gauge while he opened up all his presents. She let him pick out which one he wanted to open and she would go around and get it. Once he was done with that particular present she would help pick up the trash and neatly stack his present in a pile.

Picnik collage


Say Cheese!


All the cousins now.....Say Cheese!


And what's a summer birthday party without some good ole fashioned water and bubble fun!

Picnik collage

We had such a wonderful party. It's still hard to believe that my baby boy is now 4 years old!! WOW time flies. I love you so much Gauge Rylen!!

August 2, 2011

Easy Blueberry Bake

My husband and I have recently been following the Weight Watcher's plan. We have eliminated quite a bit of red meat from our diets and incorporated more chicken, fish and turkey. We have also been eating a lot more fresh fruits and veggies....and eliminating sweets. But.....if you're anything like me.....sometimes (especially in the evening) you crave something sweet. So what's a girl to do? I found this wonderful recipe in one of the Weight Watcher pamphlets that he brought home. As my kids would say "it's easy peasy lemon squeezie" to make.

The only ingredients you will need are:
1 Box Angel Food Cake Mix
1 Can of Blueberry Pie Filling


Mix your two ingredients together


Pour into an ungreased 9x13 pan


Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 30 minutes or until done all the way through. For me it took closer to 40 minutes.


Serve warm with a dollop of fat free cool whip (0 points)


1 square of this delightful dessert is only 2 points. Now that is a yummy late evening treat without the guilt!

Sorry for the horrible pictures. For some reason I always get in the mood to bake in the evening (when the light in the house is horrible) combined with the fact I took that I took the pictures with my phone. lol