For all the mommies out there!

Let’s talk about kid crafts!
It’s summer and for all the moms out there I know your running out of stuff to do right? School couldn’t be close enough πŸ˜‰
Well I have collected several different activities to do with your kiddos!

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The “dry erase board” in a binder!
Supplies:
Binder
Sheet protectors
Dry erase markers
Activity sheets
Put it all together and your ready for tons of fun learning! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to try this with my boys!
Here are some examples of activity sheets

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You can also create stuff! Nothing is more amazing to a kid than when they can create something squishy right?

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I bet this glitter slime will entertain them for an hour or two! πŸ™‚
Paint.. Ick who else worried when we use paint because I know I am! Especially with a 1 year old that tastes everything! Well I have found a recipe for EDIBLE PAINT!
All you need is yogurt and koolaid packets in the colors you want!
Get a little bit of yogurt and add enough koolaid for the color you want!

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Hope this works how I want it to! If your okay with paint, or you can use the edible pain but idk how it will hold up,then here are some ideas!

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We are actually going to use my three year olds feet to do the cars project and hang it in my sons room which is cars and planes themed! How fun!

Now you can also use stuff around your house to make things like animals!

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I love these I think they are adorable!

All of these are on my “kids” board on Pinterest! If I didn’t include the recipe on the post you can find the picture which contains the link to the recipe!
I hope this inspires someone! πŸ˜™

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It’s been a while

I know it’s been like a week since I have posted but I have been researching a new topic that will go along with my money savings! That’s what I’m all about, saving money! But I’m waiting for money to come in so I can kick start this process. My new topic will be homemade soaps and household cleaners! I’m really excited to do this but how am can I write about it if I haven’t tried it? So I think I will just have to stick this out and write about my experiences when I have started them. Can’t wait to share with you all soon! If you want a sneak peek visit my Pinterest board “for the home”

P.s I also just started classes again so basically my entire schedule is going through some chaos!

Homemade hacks all in one place!

This is for those cheapskates, such as myself, out there!
I love saving money anywhere and everywhere. My hubby on the other hand like to put in as little work as possible.. If he can buy it to save him some trouble then that’s what he will do. I am slowly bringing him over to my side of things. But I’ve posted several blog post about my saving money and a mention of how to be able to be a stay at home mom. Well that post featured a different post from someone else about how she saves money by buying things bulk especially cleaning supplies. Well what if you were trying to be more natural with what you buy? Then your really coming out of pocket for those things because it’s a fad right now and they know they squeeze every penny from you. Well you can be even more organic than them by making your own! Because most of those products they are selling “organic” still have traces of nasty preservatives and chemicals. What really shed light is my friend is privileged enough to be able to stay with her parents while she is off of school without working so her project she announced on Facebook for the summer was to make her own soap. A little note on me is I love soap I love the expensive soap but I hate paying the expensive soap price! But anyway she makes all kinds of soap and she is an all natural person she hates chemicals so there is nothing hazardous in her soap and she can make whatever natural scent she wants! Just the other day she made a cinnamon soap and first it was so beautiful to look at and I bet it smelled wonderful!
Well I hate the prices of store bought cleaning supplies especially if I have the time to make it myself! And I know that not a lot of people get that luxury so maybe research your products for your best option! But I want to make a lot of things including soap laundry detergent and baby wipes! The wipes mostly because I don’t like the fact that they have alcohol in them! Ick that hurts my boys when they have rashes!
The laundry detergent is outrageous and I have to buy tide because my boys even my hubby are so sensitive! It’s like 20$ for 70 loads of laundry! Which doesn’t sound like that much but it really is when you realize if you make your own it can give you 200-300 loads for 20$. The only thing I’m worried about with my own laundry detergent is if it will be okay for their sensitive skin but when I go shopping for their supplies I’m going to compare the products and see if there is a extra sensitive version. I wish I had more to talk about with this but I haven’t even started the projects yet! As soon as I get my supplies together and start all of this I will post everything! You can find all of my discoveries of recipes for these topics here or go to my Pinterest page under the “for the home” board!
Hope this inspires someone! πŸ˜™

Annoyed

So for those of you who haven’t caught the dollar general ad. They have an ad out for pampers any size any count for 9.50. Sounds great right? Well the biggest size they have is the 35 ct which you can get 50 cents cheaper at Walmart the AWESOME thing is Walmart does ad match. Are they allowing this ad match even though it doesn’t go against ANY of their rules for ad match… No.. So how are they actually “guaranteeing” the best prices for their customers… Exactly THEY ARENT! this is so ugh annoying. But they also have the Luvs on sale for 6.50$ any count any size did they let me do that EVEN THOUGH CORPORATE HASNT SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE AD ON THE LUVS. No. Wtf! Excuse my language! So guess what I did! I call home office! She said she would email the store manager at that store because they should have let me as match it -_- have I heard anything not a damn thing.. This is exactly the reason I shop at Kroger! I hate Walmart and I hate SAMs! I don’t like big commercial stores anyway which Kroger is but I cant use my grocery money at the farmers market like I wish I could! I wish I didn’t have to shop at the commercial stores but I have to so I choose Kroger because well it’s smaller.. And my Kroger has some pretty awesome people who work there… I’m so frustrated and I hope that they will let me get my luvs at 6.50…
Sorry about the rant but I hope I’m not the only one who finds this completely hypocritical…

Grocery shopping!

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I went shopping for groceries!
Well as for my list of meals I wanted to make and buy groceries for… Yea I made like 2 dishes off the list..
I’m just not organized like that. I really really tried to do it this way but I’m to unorganized. I live day by day. Idk what’s for dinner until it’s time to start cooking. I just whip something up most of the time it’s what looks good to me that day or I have an inspiration from a cooking show or Pinterest or I have a request from Rhylen but those request are usually done for lunch.
BUT the good news is that we are not running out of food. Usually I’m counting the days the last 10 days before we get our grocery money but we could last probably another week without being bothered and we only have 5 days until we get grocery money πŸ™‚ that’s how good I did last time.
The con to this is that now it’s harder to come up with a list because we still have stuff and last time we needed everything. But the good to that con is my grocery list I currently have (which will most likely be modified) is significantly smaller than the last so we have a little more wiggle room to splurge.
This shopping trip I have saved a ton of coupons good coupons at that and hopefully Kroger has a good sale going on when I do go.
I have found that I’m good at saving money that’s all I think about which was not the case a few years ago. I lived with my family then and I never had to worry about the cost of anything. Now I have my own family with a very tiny budget that I have to work around. All I do is look for sales. Whenever I had to buy scrubs for class I went to goodwill… Not even a consignment shop…goodwill. I think I maybe paid 40$ for 15 pairs of scrubs. That is what makes me happy lol. Now I could really save cash if I did the meal planning thing like I planned on but ugh I’m so lazy lol. But the point is I’m always trying to find ways to save money even on Pinterest
I found this pin on how a stay at home mom found ways to cut corners so they can afford to live off of one income

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You can find it here or it’s on my “kids” board on Pinterest
She talks about a ton of places to save money not even on the grocery bill loved it and it was so organized. great post.
I do have a tip for moms who are on a strict grocery budget. The gerber graduates entrees ARE NOT WORTH IT. I REPEAT NOT WORTH IT. They are expensive and you can create much better tasting food for your babies than what they offer. It may take you a tiny bit longer than what it would take to put those in the microwave but trust me you will be much happier not to add that to your grocery list. I just remembered this because I saw a couple I had bought that we never used because my son didn’t like them.
Here is some meal ideas from my “kids” Pinterest board

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Hope this inspires someone πŸ˜™

Talking about my pins!: wedding board

I love my wedding board and apparently so do a lot of other people! I have a ton of people I don’t know following just my wedding board. And this necklace is one of my most repinned pins!

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Isn’t that gorgeous!!!
You can find it here
Once I have some fund for my wedding I will definitely be purchasing this from her etsy store….the best part is it’s only 29$!! And it looks so expensive. But this pin is up to 305 pins and I usually have between 3-5 people repin this everyday. Such a great add to my board.
Since we are on the topic of neckaces here is a pictures to help match the perfect necklace with the neckline of your top or dress πŸ™‚

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Love all of these and I find them very helpful!
Hope this inspires someone πŸ˜™

My son saved my life.

I just want to say that this will be about my faith in God and you don’t like to read about that or it offends you then please keep scrolling

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This is my first born son and I. He is truly a gift from god.
I suffer from severe chronic depression and have only in the past year tried medicine to help it. I loved in denial about it for a very very long time. I believe it’s genetic because my mother had it. The point is I cannot handle extreme situations. Especially if it involves death. My mother had a lot of health issues starting with a brain tumor that she survived and a serious infection that put her in ICU. She survived all of this to die from a fall in her house. Whenever she was sick with the tumor I was young and didn’t understand the whole situation. He kept her here for me. She had the infection and I was pregnant with my son I prayed and I prayed to let her see him born. He kept her here for me. It was the February of my senior year and it was a few months before my son turned 1. He took her from me. I was angry I gave up my faith I didn’t understand why. But now I look at him and I thank god that I had him to take care of otherwise I think I would have taken my own life I was so sad for such a very long long time and I envisioned how much easier it would be just to give up. But I would look at his face and think of how I feel now without my mom and I would be doing that to him. I would make him mad and angry and make him give up on his faith he might have a chance to have. It’s been two years since my mother died and my son is now three and I truly couldn’t imagine having a better little boy. He is truly the sweetest little boy and I am so thankful that he is mine and I’m so thankful God gave me something to hold on to while he took my mother from her pain.
I still deal my depression but at least I know what it is and what I can do to help it get better because my pride and joy deserves everything in this world.

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Talking about my pins!: lipstick

So I was recently asked by my sister in law to help her learn to do make up. Since I’ve been doing my own make up since like the 7th grade all by myself with no help I have learned a lot. Pretty much by trial and error.. Mostly errors.. A lot of errors… I can’t even look at my yearbooks until like 10th grade. Ugh
Anyway I taught her some basics and soon I am going to go and get a huge hall of makeup. Huge like 300$ because I truly have nothing for make up even though I LOVE IT! I love make up and I really only have the basics now because when your a mom a stay at home mom non the less you don’t really have the funds nor the time to do your makeup. But ladies I do encourage to do what makes you feel the prettiest! And if that’s wearing makeup for your 3 year old then so be it! πŸ˜‰
But anyway I love love love lipstick love it I love the colors I love how it feels everything but the only thing I do hate about it is that in 10 minutes my lipstick is gone. I’ve been on this mission to find a lipstainlipstickgloss stuff. I had discovered it when a coworker showed me her stain gloss stuff and rubbed her hand across the color and NOTHING was on her hand! I was on a search to find it but haven’t. Until now!!! 20140622-221443-80083498.jpg
Of course it’s elf lol
I don’t know if this is the brand she had but it looks just like it almost exactly. I have tried the other elf lip stain that looks kind of like a colored sharpie but that one was no good hopefully when I buy this new elf product I will have more luck.
The only thing is I have other lipsticks I want to last all day! So how do I do this? Well I found this pin on Pinterest 20140622-221827-80307953.jpg
It says if you do these steps your lipstick will last longer but I haven’t tried it yet hopefully this will work for those.
Well I also have a splurge I want to get because I have seen it used on a YouTube make up tutorial and it was amazing! Completely no color fade I was really pigmented and there was absolutely nothing that rubbed off

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Now this is really a splurge because it’s 22$ on Amazon and it isn’t on drugstore.com so this would be one time special order just to try it and have it for special occasions maybe like the wedding πŸ˜‰πŸ‘°
But seriously want to get these two products and compare and also try those steps above for my already bought lipsticks I love!
All of these pins are on my Pinterest page under the board “my style” you have to dig a tiny bit because I have a lot of hair stuff on there because I recently chopped off all my hair!

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In the bottom left I have one of my fav lipsticks on which is I think maybelline 24 hour? I know it’s something 24 hour lol love it!
Hope this inspires someone! πŸ˜™

My biggest struggle

So this post will be about me, man I like to talk about myself, but I’m really hoping it might help someone out there.

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So since I started grade school I was teased and bullied because of how I looked. I have been so insecure throughout my whole life because I felt that everyone was judging me. It didn’t help I had my dad breathing down my neck to be a stick or my whole family judging and talking about me behind my back. I felt so ugly and so fat. I constantly compared myself to other women (even though I was a young girl) trying desperately to be thin going to extreme measures of not eating for days. Binge eating and trying to throw it all up again. I would wear low cut shirts to get the boys attention. I learned how to do make up. I would wear make up and straighten my hair every single day even on the weekends. All I did was dress up. I never had Tshirt and sweatpants days. All I would do was look in the mirror and tell myself I was fat and ugly. Looking back now I was perfect I looked gorgeous and I’m sure a lot of girls envied me. Now I’m a mom and I never do my hair I never put makeup on I always have Tshirt and sweatpants days. But now I’m more depressed I look at myself and say I should have done this I should do this. Because back then I was 130 and now I’m 185. But day after day as my husband tells me I’m beautiful I look in the mirror and say I’m okay with my muffin top I’m okay with my hair in a ponytail I’m okay with my stretch marks. Not saying that I don’t want to change my health habits and loose a little weight but if your not okay with what you look like now then how are you going to like what you look like later. I saw a video about a women who was very unhappy with herself do she started working out and eating right. she got to exactly where she wanted to be. She was one of those muscly girls who flex and tan and get judged and stuff. She said it still wasn’t good enough. She still wasn’t happy with herself even having the perfect body many of us would kill for. If You want to change how you look. You have to love what you look like now. I had long hair when I was young my hair is beautiful but I absolutely never do it and even if I do do it by the middle of the event we are at it’s up in a ponytail. My usual. Seriously people can recognize me from behind because of my ponytail. Horrible😰. But for some reason I always look at pictures of women who have long gorgeous hair and how they style it and I plan on all these things but never do them. So I’m going for that mom look and I’m chopping off my hair for something different to get away from the ponytail so I can find myself beautiful. The only person who is judging you is you. If you think blue eyeshadow makes you look amazing then wear. wear what you feel looks best because no one who is judging is going to matter but you. Make yourself happy in every way. Love yourself for your wrinkles and your big thighs. Love yourself because you made it to fifty. Love your grey hair. Love your own beauty because you are real and the super models in the magazines are photoshopped. Be your kind of beautiful. Love yourself today so you can change and still be happy because it’s you.
Hope this inspires someone! 😘❀️

Talking about my pins!: Sauces

Oh my! It seems like I haven’t been on here in forever! Been busy bees with my boys. It’s hard in our small town to get out and do things especially in the Texas heat! If we want to go to the park we have to get up early before it gets to hot or we make a play date with their cousins or we go to the college pool. Trying to keep these toddlers happy is definitely not easy!

But today I want to talk about sauces. Sauces can change your ordinary boring dinner into something completely different. Around here I make a lot of grilled chicken with veggies I try to change up the seasonings but it wasn’t cutting it for them. Picky picky. Well I found these little packets of sauce in the freezer section of my local Walmart and I opted for the mushroom sauce oppose to the basil pesto because the hubby loves mushrooms :). But this frozen sauce packet is like little ice cubes portioned in four sections so if you just live with a roommate or husband you can just use two and save the other two for later. I loved that part of it but we love sauce so we used all of it lol. It was a total success everyone ate happily not even noticing it was the third time that week for grilled chicken and veggies! Totally recommend sauces. Today we will be having oven baked fajitas and I will be making a really simple cilantro sauce to go with it. It’s kind of like a pesto but Tex-mex version πŸ™‚ πŸ‘‡
cilantro sauce
I actually don’t have a food processor which is unfortunate but I do have a blender and I hope it works ok!
For more sauce recipes visit my dinner page on Pinterest!

Some girls just have Glitter running in their veins ;)