Sunday, September 23, 2012

Momgenuity: resourecful mom moments that will make you proud

I was driving to school the other day when I noticed my side mirror wasn’t positioned so I could see out of it. I pressed the button to maneuver the mirror to a better position when the mirror fell off. It. Fell. Off. My mirror was hanging by a small wire, just flapping in the breeze. Not wanting it to fall to the ground, I reached out and held it in place while steering with my right hand. The good news is that I’m amazingly resourceful. I parked my car, reached over to my broken glove compartment which is held closed by duct tape, peeled off a strip, and affixed it to my mirror. Voila!


Capturing Disney Memories

I have many, many favorite Disney memories. Disney World is such a magical place that you can't help but acquire some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. I'm so happy that many of those memories were recorded. Although, I could live without the permanent reminder that I said, "Look, there's Meg!" a dozen times in a row. I have no idea why I was so excited to see Meg from Hercules. I was probably hoping that Hercules was nearby.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Limeades for Learning

I lived in the same general area outside Chicago for forty-one years. When I was a kid, I attended schools that were in financially stable districts. As an adult, my own children attended similar schools. I thought all schools were pretty much the same. What a fool I was! Coming from an area where every middle school student received their own laptop to use for the year, it was a shock relocating to an area where the schools don't even have enough money to fund many elective classes like life skills (home ec.), shop, computer, etc.

A few years ago, I talked about a program called Limeades for Learning. You can see the video I made about it HERE (the video is a little lame, but I totally cracked up at the end watching Clayton! I'd completely forgotten about how he was acting in the video! I guess he was five years old at the time.)

What is Limeades for Learning, you ask?  Limeades for Learning is a program from Sonic, America's Drive-In, where they, in partnership with, will provide funds needed for learning materials and innovative teaching techniques to inspire creativity and learning in today's youth.

How does it work? Teachers, need books for your students? Or maybe you could use some material for hand's on science experiments.  Is your PE class in need of jumpropes, balls, or other equipment? Do you wish you had some new toys for your kindergarten class or some manipulatives for your struggling math students? Go to Limeades for Learning to register a project HERE! Then spread the word for people to vote for your project!

Want to vote for a project to be funded? Just go to Limeades for Learning to vote. You can vote once a day, every day from September 24 through October 29! And if you purchase anything from Sonic, you'll receive two extra votes. Not only that, but for every 10 votes you place, you'll be emailed a code for yet another two bonus votes.

This is a very easy way to help some hard-working teachers give their students a terrific learning environment! It only takes a minute of your time to vote and there are so many schools, teachers, and most importantly, students that could really benefit from the funds! Please take a minute and vote everyday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You Must Have Patience (or just some awesome technology)

I have seemingly limitless patience when it comes to kids. I guess that’s a good thing since I have six kids of my own and I work with kids who could try anyone’s patience on a daily basis! I really am pretty relaxed and patient when it comes to kids for some reason. But in other areas of my life . . .? Notsomuch.


Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Just Like Riding a Bike

This summer, my plan was to continue exercising until I looked like a super-model. That was the plan. Then reality happened. While my kids and I were in Chicago, we ate pretty much nonstop, stocking up on all our favorite foods from our favorite restaurants. Then, when we returned to Florida, I developed several blood clots from sitting too long on our return drive. My leg became too painful to handle walking, let alone any other kind of exercise. After a couple weeks of that, I had a blood clot go to my lung so I was unable to breathe well for another few weeks.  And now, I've started back to work. By the time I get off work, pick up Savannah from swim, the littles from after school care, and drop off my middle kids to football and cheer, I need to make dinner, clean up, do some laundry, write, help my kids with homework, pay bills, etc. Before I even finish, it's after midnight and I have to call it quits. Needless to say, I'm having a difficult time fitting fitness back into my schedule.

But today, I took time out for exercise, and more importanly, for FUN!  This summer, I got a new Huffy Cruiser. It's pink and aqua (my absolute favorite colors) and I was so excited to ride it, but when it arrived, I was having problems with blood clots so there it sat, unused, lonely. Today, I hopped on and rode a bike for the first time in probably fifteen years! I was honestly a little scared to take off because I wasn't sure I'd even remember how to pedal. But like the saying goes, it was just like riding a bike. A little wobbly at first, perhaps, but then it was pure fun!

I live near a biking/hiking trail and I see riders all decked out with their little bike shorts, snug fitting shirts, and aerodynamically designed helmets. That's not me. Instead, I donned comfy clothes and cruised (although, next time I'll trade my flip flops for tennis shoes, I think). I wasn't in a race with those guys on the trail; I was on a mission to feel the wind in my face. I wasn't trying to make time; I was trying to have a good time.  I wasn't trying to qualify for the next Tour de France; I was trying to forgot about the stacks of work waiting for me at home. I wasn't trying to burn calories; I was trying to recapture that feeling I got when I was a kid, riding around the neighborhood on my bike, free, independent, invincible. And you know what? I did all those things! It was truly FUN!

Huffy's new Cruisers are all about the fun of riding! This bike doesn't have several speeds. It's not designed for racing. It's not designed to handle all sorts of crazy terrain. In fact, most of the Huffy Cruisers have all sorts of saddle bags and baskets. You can head to the park or the beach, packing a picnic, sand toys, sunscreen, drinks, whatever into those bags. The Panama Jack Cruiser even has a bottle opener on the frame! Now that's my kind of bike! And my kids think I'm nuts, but my favorite thing about this bike (aside from the fact that it's PINK) is the seat! Really! Most bicycles have these tiny little seats designed for a size 2 butt. Huffy Cruisers have a nice sized seat which is awesome for those of us who do not possess a size 2 butt! You can check out Huffy's Cruiser line of bicycles HERE!

Next weekend's agenda? The park with my kids and a picnic!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

When Did Bureaucracy Replace Common Sense?

file00027991725 225x300 When Did Bureaucracy Replace Common Sense?I’m new to the world of Homeowners Associations. I don’t know of a single person who belongs to one back in Illinois, save a couple people who reside in retirement communities. I’m not saying there aren’t any there, but I don’t know of any personally. But here in Florida? Well, pretty much everyone lives in a community with an HOA. I understand fundamentally why HOAs are in place. It only takes a short drive down the street, past the houses with waist-high grass, old appliances in the yard, broken shutters, peeling paint, and giant rebel flags to understand why HOAs exist.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How to Pick Flooring You'll Love (hint: make sure it's not avocado green shag carpet)

Unless we’ve just moved into our dream home, there’s probably a room (or two or three) that we’d like to update. Sometimes we just want to keep up with the Joneses and although our room looks great by anyone’s standards, we’d just like to see something newer. Sometimes, however, the room hasn’t been touched for three decades and it’s decidedly outdated. Maybe it’s so outdated, it could be featured in a museum. Or perhaps it’s so old, it’s chic again!

Consider these photos of outdated decor.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

How to Have Fun with Pajamas

Throughout my posts about capturing family memories, many of you have commented that although you like to record holidays, vacations, and special events, your favorite memories to capture are of simple things like your kids goofing off, dinnertime conversations, and family game nights. And I agree! I love gathering proof that my kids are insane memories of my kids playing with each other.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why I'm Perfectly Happy Being a Bitter Old Cat Lady

I used to use the words “laid-back” and “easy-going” to describe myself. I honestly thought those were fitting terms. And, I guess, in some respects they are. I’m fairly relaxed when it comes to my kids. However, I’m discovering that in other areas of my life, I’m not only not laid-back, but I’m an absolute control freak.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Ahhh, the Good Old Days

Last week, when I picked up my little kids from school, I started asking them questions about their day as usual. Clay complained that school is lame.

“Why is it lame?” I asked.

“Because we don’t do anything fun,” Clay answered in annoyance. “We just have to do work and learn stuff.”

“Oh the horror!” I exclaimed in mock terror. “You have to (gasp) learn things?! In school?! I’ve never heard of such abuse!”


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