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Feeling High

It’s easy to get caught up in life and lose sight of what really matters. Day to day meanderings are part of living but don’t beat yourself up over things you can’t control. Years from now I won’t care that my outfit wasn’t quite the latest fashion, I didn’t have the most stellar day, I […]

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Student Of The Month

I was SO excited my boys would be together for the first time in school.  Mo in 4th grade and B starting kindergarten.  I felt pretty good with B having big bro on campus.  Also, he had an amazing preschool experience which armed him with confidence, social skills, and problem solving abilities.  However, it’s a […]

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First Day Of School

It’s hard to believe the boys are finally off to school together.  For the first time. Their 4 year age difference will have them apart in school more than together so I am really loving this moment. Mo being in 4th grade really affords him the opportunity to play the Big Brother role to B, […]

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I Paid $76.95 For A Lunchbox?!

Bronson starts school in a few weeks so I was really excited for him to pick out a new lunchbox. Let’s put into perspective how important a lunchbox is to a kid in kindergarten. Ladies, you know how you start a new job or go out on your 1st GNO and you need that PERFECT […]

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Preschool Graduation…Blah blah blah

My Facebook and Instagram have been inundated with endless cap and gown graduation pics. No, not high school graduation, but PRESCHOOL commencement. Caps, gowns, cakes, certificates, graduation favors, professionally planned celebrations…the whole shebang. I hate to be Debbie Downer, but am I the only who doesn’t  feel the weight of the world hinging on a […]

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Gonna Party Like It’s My Birthday…

What do me, Danica Patrick, Juvenile, Elton John, and Sarah Jessica Parker have in common?  Well, in addition to great hair and expensive taste in clothes, we all share the same birthday.  You can see what celebrities were born on the same day as you here.

Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver could have been blasting in the delivery room while my mom was pushing me out.  It was the #1 song on my birthday.  This site lets you see the #1 song for any particular date: your birthday, anniversary, etc.  On the day Morris was born, it was “Let it Burn” by Usher, and my MD was doing the tootsie roll to “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne as she pulled a breeched Bronson out.

If you want to know how old you are in dog years, your birth tree, or when you were concieved (TMI for me) then check out this site.  It will give you a gazillion tidbits regarding the day you were born.  I will sleep much bettr tonight knowing that the Mayan Calendar long count date of my birthday is which is 12 baktun 18 katun 0 tun 12 uinal 7 ki.  

And last but not least, I just might grab some free grub at Black Angus, Captain D’s, Daphne’s Greek Cafe, or Souplantation then hop on over to Baskin Robbins for a free 2.5 scoop of ice cream.  This site shows you all kinds of freebies you can get in your neighborhood or online for your birthday.  The free swag doesn’t stop there.  You can also check out the freebies for your kids and your pet. 

So, don’t be a birthday scrooge on your special day.  These sites will hopefully make getting older (and wiser) just a little bit of fun.

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Redshirting For Kindergarten

With Bronson turning 5 this year and starting Kindergarten in the Fall, there has been lots of talk about Redshirting for Kindergarten. The term REDSHIRT comes from athletics. College athletes are redshirted to extend eligibility  in sports by providing an additional year for growth and maturation. They train with the team but do not compete […]

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The Flag Cake

As a mom, I try to make the holidays fun for the kids.

I want them to enjoy childhood and the innocence and fun of being a kid.

So, when the Fourth of July started rolling around, I started thinking about a fun family tradition.

Fireworks came to mind, but then I remembered I have an insane, rough and tough 5 year old and a curious 1 year old. Matches, fire, and explosions are probably not the best thing for us to be experimenting with in the backyard.

Baking is fun and easy. Sugar is a key ingredient, and it requires minimal use of knives and a hot oven. Maybe Morris will be game.

The “Flag Cake” seemed like a very appropriate recipe for celebrating the Fourth. It’s a recipe from Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network). I love her style of classic elegance. I was ready to take it on.

Before I proceed I must warn you that I have a cooking dysfunction. I am “recipe intolerant.” This means that no matter what the recipe says, I never follow it completely. I don’t know why. But for some reason, butter, cream cheese, and sugar always seem to make their way into everything I cook (even if it’s mac and cheese).Since these were already in the recipe, it seemed like a winner.

This recipe was for a very large cake. Immediately I strayed from Ina’s instructions. I cut the recipe in half to make a smaller version. Well, I sort of threw in extra butter, sugar, and vanilla. As for the icing, I used the same ingredients, but again I did my own thing as far as the portions go.

I also changed the flag “toppings”. She used blueberries and raspberries. I used blackberries and strawberries. Subtle differences to accommodate my picky palette.

Nonetheless, it turned out great. The cake has pretty thick texture similar to a pound cake. I made the traditional cream cheese icing (the same one I use for Hummingbird Cake, Red Velvet, and Carrot Cake).

I had fun making and eating it with the boys. We will definitely add it to our 4th of July family traditions.

And just for added fun, we lit candles and sang happy birthday to America.

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25 Manners Kids Should Know By Age 9

Parents Magazine posted an article about 25 Manners Kids Should Know by Age 9 in their March 2011 issue. I don’t know where to begin with this one.  I was somewhat appalled that an article was even written covering standard manners for children. What are we as parents focusing on if our kids can’t master saying please and […]

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Casting Call

Wanna be on tv? All you need is a team of 3 people, 1 being an adult (over 18), 1 being a child (17 and younger). Team members can be family, friends, coach, teacher, etc… CASTING FOR CARTOON NETWORK’S HIT FAMILY GAME SHOW “HOLE IN THE WALL!” See attached for more info on how to […]

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