February 18, 2011

Guess who turns 8 today!?

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My little princess turns 8! How is this possible!?!? I am so proud of my 2nd grader. You love to read, you love school in general, and when you are NOT in school...you make up math problems for your dolls. :) You are a wonderful girl. Though, I could do without some of the tantrums :)

It is so hard to believe you went from this


to this in such a short period of time! 


Happy birthday to my little princess! Love you!!! 


Stay at home, business owning mom of 4 young kids, Nick the Sportsman, Michele the Princess, Wyatt the Wild One, and Evan the Baby.Bachelor in Early Childhood Development and Education, with 20 years experience. I could not ask for anything more!



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February 14, 2011

Heart-shaped Pizza

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       Heart shaped pizza  
Here is a quick dinner idea to make this Valentine's day.

You'll need...

- Pizza dough (sold at grocery stores or buy a ball at your local pizzeria)
- Tomato based sauce (I use my favorite spaghetti sauce)
- Low-fat Mexican cheese blend
- Any of your favorite toppings: mushrooms, pepperoni, etc...

To make...

Preheat oven to 400. 

Roll dough into heart shape. Place on greased cookie sheet. Top with a thin layer of sauce, toppings of choice and then cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown

ENJOY!

Nutrition-   
varies  


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February 13, 2011

Heart Cookies

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Heart shaped cookies

You'll need...
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon skim or 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


To make...

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix butter in a mixer until light and fluffy; add remaining ingredients mixing to incorporate. 

Remove dough from bowl and knead until velvety. Roll one-half of the dough at a time to about 1/4 inch thickness using the smallest amount of flour possible.
Cut out and sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake on a lightly greased pan for 12 minutes. Cookies will be almost white when cooked.  

Enjoy! 


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February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Duo

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Is it hard to remember life before kids? Use this Valentine's day to rekindle your relationship.

If you have a sitter, have a special date night: dinner or just dessert! Can't get out? After putting the kids to bed (hopefully early), enjoy a candlelit dessert. Buy some fine chocolates or use my easy recipe:
Chocolate truffles

Truffles

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
8 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate (use GOOD quality chocolate- Lindt, Ghiradelli, Guittard, Scharffen Berger, amongst others).

coating- ground nuts, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, etc...

Combine cream, butter and corn syrup in small pot; bring to a simmer over low heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate to cream and whisk until smooth. Cool for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature. Once cooled, use a melon baller or small ice cream scoop to gather a small ball of chocolate. Place on a lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once chilled and firm, roll the chocolate in hand until round, then roll in coating of choice.

Truffles will keep for weeks in the refrigerator if stored in an air-tight container. Serve at room temp.


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February 11, 2011

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I can not believe it has been 4 years since you joined our family. You were 2 weeks early, and we were SO excited! your birth came at a sad time, my aunt had just passed away, and that weekend was her services.

I thought it funny, that you weighed exactly the same as Nick. 8lbs 4oz exactly!

You are such a sweet little boy. You might drive me crazy most days, but the hugs, kisses, and snuggles i get make up for it all!

Here are some pics of you from birth to now!!

Newborn


 Age 1


 Age 2


 Age 3

Age 4

It is hard to believe you will be starting school in September 2012, only a year and 9 months away!

You love preschool, are learning to read, and can write your name, and most of the other letters!

Love you my birthday boy!

Stay at home, business owning mom of 4 young kids, Nick the Sportsman, Michele the Princess, Wyatt the Wild One, and Evan the Baby.Bachelor in Early Childhood Development and Education, with 20 years experience. I could not ask for anything more!





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February 9, 2011

Product Recalls: Oasis Playsets

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Escalade Sports, of Evansville, IN and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have recalled their Oasis Playsets. The swing seats on the playsets can crack and break in half, causing the user to fall to the ground. This recall involves belt-style swing seats on four models of Oasis Playsets: PG01W, PG02W, PG03W and PG04W.

The playsets were sold by Oasis distributors and dealers nationwide from April 2008 to December 2010 for between $1,500 and $2,200. Consumers should immediately stop using these swing seats and contact Escalade Sports for free replacement swing seats. escaladesports.com 


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Crayon Hearts

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You'll need...

- crayon pieces
- heart-shaped metal muffin tray
- scrap paper
- double-sided foam tape
- scissors
- colored card stock
- markers 

To make...

Heat the oven to 250°.

Fill each mold with crayon pieces and bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes. Tip: Place a sheet pan under the crayons to catch any drips.

Once they're cool, remove the hearts from the molds and smooth any rough edges by rubbing them on a piece of scrap paper.
Use small pieces of foam tape to stick each heart to a 3-inch circle cut from card stock, then add your message.



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February 8, 2011

As of February 28...

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I will be a working mom again! I am excited, nervous, and scared all at once :) Wyatt will be attending the day care in the preschool room, and he is VERY excited to go back to school. Hopefully, though, I can get him on the waiting list for our public preschool. THAT would be AWESOME!

I was excited for Evan to meet new kids, but my friend is begging to watch him for a playmate for her son, who is 4 months older :) So we will see...she IS asking $100 LESS then the tuition for Evan lol. I might do that, until Wyatt is in preschool again. And, of course, he starts kindergarten in 2012! (Scary thought!)

I am just ecstatic! I will be lead toddler teacher...the last position I held in my last day care center.

The cool thing about it is, when it is warm, I could actually WALK to work! I did that at my last day care as well, until I was about 6 months along. :) Then it started getting cold! (Michele was born in February :) )

The older 2 will either go to the after school program until June, or to a friends house 2 houses down from us. Sill have not decided on that one yet. It is pretty inexpensive for that, so we shall see. I am hoping they have a summer camp for school agers!

Now I have to change my signature!!! :)



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February 3, 2011

Carl...

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This is Carl...


He is the kids Betta that they got back in September. I am quite impressed, as they usually kill a fish within days! But he has been with us for 5 months now. (The longest pet we had was Murray the Wonder Hamster, who lived 4 years, and died shortly after we moved to NC...whoever lives in our old house in Morrisville has a friend in the backyard lol) 

The thing about Carl is, either he has big parties when we are not looking, or he is the dirtiest fish EVER! 

This pic was taken just a while before I posted this, after I cleaned his tank. The last time I cleaned it was Monday (?) yet, you could not ever see through the thing this morning! Sometimes he goes a week with a clean tank, sometimes a day or so. 

I am surprised he has not died in his own filth yet! How can ONE fish be SO dirty lol. 

On the bright side, he is happy that we brought home a dog, and NOT a cat! 



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February 1, 2011

Call to freedom...I mean call for a possible job!

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There is a new day care opening almost within walking distance of my house in late February. I sent in my resume, and they want me to come in and talk to them about a lead teacher position...

Now this is nice and all...but.................

I have to have it worth my while. I would LOVE to go back to work. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Boredom has set in big time!

Now the thing is, I have 2 older kids in school...one that gets home about 2:15 (who can easily stay home for a couple hours alone with no problem) and one that gets home at 3:15 (who is only 8, has Aspergers, and would not fare well with being babysat by her brother! (ok one might not make it, they would certainly kill each other!), and 2 younger kids...one that will, hopefully, be in free preschool (our public school has it, SO nice!) in September, and a 19 month old.

I do not yet know what they will offer for salary or tuition discounts. My last day care job, which I quit in 2003 before having my daughter, I got about $10/hour. I was only paying $100/week for child care, since my son went there and I got 1/2 off.

They don't say anything about after school care, tuition, etc... on their site, and, apparently, don't like to call back. So how much will I make and how much will I be shelling out for tuition?!

So we will see what happens when I go to their career fair event they are having next weekend!

Wish me luck :)

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