Mommy Confession ~~~~~~ The phone issue

My patience is reserved 90% of the time for when we are out. It’s true! I’m much more of a patient mother when we are out and about with the kids. Or maybe it just seems that I require more patience with my children when we are out. I really don’t know why when another party is involved apparently that is the time to go crazy and drive mom batty???? Seriously. Some times I just want a few minutes where I can carry on an adult conversation with out a kid attached or having to chase one down.
Ainsley has a particular affinity for asking for the same thing 20 times even if I have given him the answer he wants. He just simply isn’t listening. My patience is tested most days when we go out but nothing test my patience more than this simple regular act right at home.

ring ring… hello?
Hi! Just thought I would call and catch up? how have things been?
Great! Good the hear from you.

This is the moment when the previously quiet occupied child decide they need to do something else. Is this something else constructive? Nope, no such luck. It is battle time or time to ask mom 20 times for whatever it is that is not allowed right now. In hopes that she will change he mind. Mom is on the phone she doesn’t want to deal with us in a normal manner?  She wants to have a normal civil conversation with her friend. Mom will give into TV, games or treats when she is busy, wont she?

Drives me nuts. It is every single time I am on the phone too! No wonder I don’t make work phone calls during the day!

Review & Giveaway ~ Crocheted Goodies by Faith

I purchased this super adorable owl hat from a long time friend of mine. We have known each other since before babies. Heck I wasn’t even married yet. She custom makes these super cute hats. I actually found a picture online of what I was looking for, picked the colours and she did all the hard work for me.  I got this hat for lilttle Squish because it was cold and I wanted a cute hat for him. I have this thing with owl hats right now too, I think they are so cute.

I also think lil Squish looks cute in it. Though he looks cute in a paper bag.

The construction of these hats are just amazing super soft and well put together. It has taken a beating from being pulled on and off and it still looks as good as new.  Love this hat and thinking of getting my own this fall. Or may sooner if the warm weather never comes.

Faith has put together a wonderful Facebook page for her business. She has albums with a bunch of the items she offers hats, head band, booties and newest little cup cozies ( coming soon)

Faith has agreed to give one of my readers their choice of child or baby sized hat  How awesome is that? How lucky for all of you. 
This is going to be my first giveaway since the launch of the blog so it is going to be open for a week. I will then contact the winner, and arrange contact with Faith. You will need to give her a few weeks to make your custom order. This giveaway is open to Canada only . 
I purchased my own hat and received no compensation for this review

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Choco-Banana Cookies (egg free)

Choco-Banana Cookies

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp apple sauce
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cup almond flour
1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350

Blend sugars and butter till combined. Add vanilla, banana and apple sauce, mix til all mixed together. Add coconut, baking soda and almond flour till all combined and it looks dough like. add Chocolate chip. Form into balls and lightly press down. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or till the tops are a bit cracked

My husband say these taste like banana chocolate chip muffin but in cookie form.

Mommy Confession ~~~~~~ Organization

I would love to be more organized. I would love to say I am an organized person. That would be lying though. I wish my book shelves and house looked more like this. So picturesque, so organized and it looks so nice. I love looking at magazines and seeing these systems but the reality is not as pretty 
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My “organizational system” looks more like this
and this
I do know where things are most of the time so there must be some organization to it it just is not know to anyone else other than me. This is clearly not nearly as neat and organized as I would like it to be. I wont even show you the boys bookshelf for fear of any actually organized people may have a heart failure and die on me. I do NOT want to be responsible for that! My goal for the year is to have some organization. That may honestly involve a lot of getting rid of stuff first. We aren’t TV worthy hoarders but we still have a lot of STUFF!

Reaching New Heights

Well this year has come to a close for us. Today was term end and everything handed in up until today counts towards his Kindergarten year. This for me is a exciting time because it forced me to sit back and look at the year and see where Damian has come this year. In reviewing everything I know homeschooling is the right path for us. He has grown so much but he has grown with us as a family unit still intact. He has grown a sense of independence and knows he is capable of so many things, but on the same token he knows where his roots are and his best relationships are with his family members.
Damian has learned many basic academic skills and has really improved in so many ways. He is really enjoying reading and is so proud when he is able to read something himself. He writes in his journal and can do a good chunk of the spelling and printing independently. He can do some basic addition in his head without the need of his fingers now.
I have learned so much about Damian and his likes and dislikes. I have learned what he enjoys doing so much more than if he was away from me learning all of this. While I’m sure he would enjoy playing with other children all day everyday, that is not what school should be about. Damian has developed great friendships with some other local home learners. I know this has been the best choice for our family and has given Damian such a feeling of greatness. He knows he can do great things if he puts in the work. He knows that if he wants something he just sometimes has to try a bit harder. Damian is going higher and reach new heights all the time, both figuratively and literally. Give him roots and wings, and let him fly!

You may have YOUNG children if…….

I don’t know where the original came from but I have seen it circle around Facebook a few times

I put a question out to my mommy friends and this is a mixture of what came back. I had a good laugh putting this together I hope you do too!

– You house looks like has been robbed. It hasn’t, at least you don’t think so
– You know more about the newest toy then the newest restaurant
– You have more toys than money in your purse
– The song stuck in your head was written by Raffi or the Wiggles and is sung by a puppet
– Last time anyone wore the burgundy lace thong, it was by the two year old as a mask
– You know all the words to your child’s favorite book by memory
– Your idea of “me time” is a trip to the dentist
– You mentally pencil-in time to poop, hopefully solo
– You can’t remember the last time you peed alone
– Someone is usually watching you shower, and it’s not completely creepy
– The batteries come out of “mommy’s toys” to go into the TV remote, instead of the other way around
– You’ve walked out of the house with your shirt on inside out, and backwards
– You have left the house with puke or snot on your shirt. You didn’t change because it would just happen again
– The plastic Monistat insert tubs are in the toy box and not the Monistat box
– Half your tampon box is missing, it’s also in the toy box ?!?!?! o_O
– At least one kid has worn a panty liner as a sticker
– You reach for your tampon box and it has bite marks. ( vicious little monsters )

I know that are with kids and feminine hygiene products they seem to be fascinated by them.  Anyways back to what we are talking about.

– You have taken the diaper bag to work instead of your work bag
– You get an awesome no-kid idea and it leaves your head almost instantly. Your thoughts are more consumed with the next kid friendly activity.
– You would do just about anything for a warm meal that hasn’t been reheated
– Every shirt you own has a stain
– Bad weather days make you want to cry
– You go for a “date” to the Home Show because it’s something you can easily leave if the kids need you
– The vacation route is based on where the parks are.
– You need multiple kitchen utensils to keep kids busy while you are cooking
– You would like a new couch but won’t buy one, because they will just destroy that one too! Waiting  few years
– You can only take extra kids in the van because car seats occupy the extra seats
– You don’t wear your good makeup because it is locked up, literally in the safe.
– The baby pooped sparkles and you don’t know how the baby got sparkles
Some days your face hurts from laughing at the antic of your kids

If you have more please share them. I love my kids, the make me laugh on regular days. They get into everything and leave a wake of disaster in their path. It is awesome and I wouldn’t change it for anything.



It’s okay dirt is good for you…….

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I let my children get dirty. In fact I regularly encourage it. I am in no way at all the sanitary police. You will not find a bottle of sanitizer in my diaper bag or purse. I simply don’t believe in the stuff. Now I usually gets a knee jerk reaction from a lot of parents, when they find out that I don’t have any.

” What do you mean you don’t sanitize your children? Do you want them to be clean and safe? What about GERMS?????”

Eh, Germs are cool with us. I actually want my children exposed to bacteria, germs and all things microscopic. I believe in the need for natural immunity. Letting my child experience the world and all that is in it. I figure if I let their bodies be exposed to the little things they will better fight off the big things.
Now I know parents who carry the little bottles everywhere with them some have two or three with them at all times. That is cool with them and if the feel the need for it that is their choice. It is just a choice I don’t make for my children.We actually avoid chemical antibacterial things in out house. We have a few cleaners For good deep cleaning and the toilet and such. I don’t use antibacterial cleansers on a regular day to day cleaning, just good ol’ soap and water. My big thing with antibacterial soap is they kill 99% of bacteria, that sounds great right? Well there is good and bad bacteria and you need the good ones around. They are little bacteria climbing all over everything right now. All over your skin hair and even side you, and that is a good thing. Your immune system is better for all of it.
Generally my kids are pretty healthy little guys. When they get sick, it is not for very long.We do keep a clean environment. They (usually) wash their hands on a regular basis. If they are excessively dirt covered I’ll wipe them down with a cloth and warm water.  I do not whip out the sanitizer before they eat anything. Not even when we are out and at the park. I also let my children play in those indoor play centers, yup without sanitizer, without the bubble, and without being sick for the next two weeks. You know what they haven’t died, and if they find something really gross and yucky ( which they never have, knock on wood) they know not to touch stuff.

Go ahead get dirty let your kids play. Dirt and germs are okay they really are. Did you grow up in a bubble, or did you eat bugs and drink water from the hose?