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My Sister Blog-Life of a Broke Mama

Hello Lovelies,

I’ve done a lot of reflection and I truly believe that I have a ton to say about my former self and all of the ways I’ve made life work on my own.  While it doesn’t necessarily fit in to my life now, a lot of the techniques, tips, and tricks I still use today.  I’m very passionate about the power a woman holds especially if she is forced to raise a child on her own whether by choice or by circumstance.

I’ve created another blog that focuses on just that. Being a single mom and doing it all. I will be shifting some content to make each blog more content focused.  Sometimes, just having someone who has walked in their shoes makes all the difference.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my subscribers and readers who have joined my blogging family over the past 3 years.  I really appreciate you.

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From Scratch Pretzles & Christmas Ramblings!

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  Babydoll came home a day early which was quite the surprise!! He was away for 3 weeks this time which isn’t  bad compared to how long he has been gone in the past.

We attended service at our church and got to see the beautiful live nativity scene they created with a live goat. It was just a magical night where all stresses go away, you forget about what has gone wrong, and for just a moment your mind goes into a peaceful place. You look around the room, gazing, and as people catch your gaze they actually smile. It is also the time people stop being greedy if only for a moment and do good things for others. People start to give back. A few years back I was at dinner with my son a few days before Christmas. We have a great friendship when we go out. He’s such a cool little dude. A couple saw that it was just us out and they knew us from church. They remained anonymous as I have no idea who they were, but they paid for our $67 dinner bill. I have never been so blessed as i felt that moment. I was a single mom using my bonus for our dinner that night.  It was such a beautiful gift.  I enjoy this season because it brings out the best in people. Even if it’s for a day or a moment. They did know me, but didn’t entirely know my situation. They have no idea that I was using the last money I had in my account to bring my son out for dinner because he saved money to take “me” out to dinner. I knew he didn’t have enough. That gift was a blessing. It warms the soul doing good things for other people no matter how small. That one simple, small gesture may mean the world.

After church, we came home to wrap. Neither of us really wanted to wrap so we decided to exchange our gifts on Christmas Eve and leave Christmas Day to my munchkin. OMG I got a Kitchenaide Stand Mixer and a large Pressure Canner!!!Ahhhhhhhh! If you could picture me squealing.  Now he’s rethinking his decision because he’s on the couch crippled by his overstuffed tummy that is full of chicken n dumplins soup, biscuits and gravy, vanilla cake with homemade whipped cream, cast iron Dutch baby pancake with real maple sryup, and homemade salted Pretzles and homemade cinnamon sugar pretzles.

“No more!” I’m told. Lol

Well, we had a beautiful holiday. We stayed home, watched movies, cooked, baked, prayed, and ate. Life is as it should be. God bless.

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Just My Thoughts…

Good Morning Fellow Mama’s,

I did a lot of thinking last night.  While I often, almost always, think way too much, I did reflect on the past year for quite a while.  When I started my journey last summer, it was because I finally had closure.  My divorce, while in the end was an amicable one, wasn’t the case last June.  After 5 months of separation, we decided that we wanted to try again and see if we couldn’t make it work.  My son was in Boston for summer vacation and this was our perfect opportunity.  To my surprise, we ended it late June with a physical bout of just anger.  We were done!  Too much anger, resentment, and too much emotion for us to ever work healthily.  That day, we became ugly people.  It was the closure I needed desperately.  My misery and oh woe is me attitude lasted about two weeks.  Mid July, I woke up one day and said ENOUGH!

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By September, I wrote my post on minimizing.  I needed to make my entire life different.  I needed to start over and start over MY WAY!  Though the next few months, I read blogs, read articles, websites, watched You Tube videos and learned a lot.  I started implementing things little by little, perfecting them as I go.  Most all I still have set in place and much more I want to do.

But sitting on my porch last night I was thinking how all these changes have impacted me and my life.  By cooking from scratch and going back to basics, I’ve learned control.  It’s not as easy to snack and binge if the food isn’t made!  It’s not easy leaving the house to get a burger if there is no money left in the budget.  And by making things myself I learned portion control because ultimately I’m making enough for a few meals.  By the time I’m done cooking, I’m tired, I haven’t sat down yet after a long work day, I just don’t have that IM STARVING appetite.  I enjoy sitting with my son discussing our day and rarely finish my plate.  To date, I’ve lost 13lbs in the past two months. No beer, no fast food, no eating out, no soda, nothing pre-packaged, nothing frozen except what I made.

I am also more organized.  My house runs like clock work.  We are on time for the most part, things have their place, I now have my home management binder, my grocery plan, cooking plan, cabinets are organized for finding things easily.  I LOVE coming home after work now where as before I dreaded it. I couldn’t be alone…ever!  Now, I stay occupied and busy.  A lot of what was adding to my insanity was my house was a mess.  Not a mess as far as clutter and crap lying everywhere, I had piles in corners, closet full of clothes that didn’t fit, the trunk of my car was full of useless crap I could throw away, my son still had a toy box LOL at 11 years old full of toys, my home just needed an overhaul.  I kept a lot of things because it was the only thing during my marriage I could control.  It made me happy to know I “chose” to hold on to things and they stayed.  Letting go of these things gave me a sense of relief.  A huge weight lifted on my shoulders and I could finally breathe.  I highly recommend doing this every few months.  You won’t be disappointed and it will revamp your life and give you the boost you need if you fall off the frugal wagon a bit.  It was my turning point.

I’m also genuinely happy!  My organization, money-saving, and budget skills are doing a number on my happiness meter!  I’m not running ragged.  I’m ONE mama, who has ONE kid, on ONE income, and I’m only ONE person.  It’s hard as hell.  But maintaining a schedule by way of my binder, Cozi app on my phone, and my pocket calendar, I can stay on top of things, plan them out, create a routine and get everything done.  It’s been a lifesaver.  I’m no longer absolutely exhausted.

In closing, a happy mama is a happy kid.  Our attitude rubs off on our children.  If we are happy, they are happy as they feed off our energy.  By my organizing my life and my home, developing strategies that make being mom doable, I can have a calmer demeanor for my son.  He is less agitated and less anxious.  With his ADHD this is a huge accomplishment for both him and I.  He is picking up some skills along the way too and is finding that my homemade food tastes a thousand times better than the grocery store equivalent.

So far so good, but we are becoming ONE HAPPY HOME =)

Just my thoughts…

Free Monthly LEGO Workshops for Kids

I know I am a little late!!!  But I couldn’t NOT post this.  My son would love it if he was home.

Bring the kids to your local LEGO Store this Tuesday for a free Lego mini build.

Stop by the LEGO Store at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, to build a fun little LEGO monkey for free.

LEGO offers a free LEGO mini build on the first Tuesday of every month. Kids ages 6 to 14 will get a free mini kit to build and instructions. There is a limit of one kit per child. Supplies are limited, so get there early.

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If you can’t make the monthly mini-build, you can download the month’s LEGO mini-build instructions and build the model using LEGO bricks you have at home. You can also download past monthly LEGO mini build kit instructions for a limited time for free.