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Friday, December 26

Merry Christmas

I have learned a few thas this year. Never put tinsel on your Christmas tree.  It's a loss cause with kids and cats. Buy batteries before the big day. Putting together a trampoline is harder than it looks. I need to workout some more apparently the trampoline springs clearly won. Don't try and do any kind of flips with a bad back. It hurts a lot.

Kids will always make you laugh.Popsicle has a new take on Santa and the Elves. The story goes the elves make the toys drops them off at Target and Santa picks them up when they are ready for each kid. I guess that works I'll stick with that theory. If you buy a toy car make sure you have 18 hours for the first charge.
A glow in the dark race track must be charged in order to glow. Thanks mom Christopher loves his track and so do the cats. 
When buying a game chair and TV for your oldest child check the TV to make sure it has the right ports for the game chair. Justin is in heaven now that he can play his games without his little brother in his face trying to get his attention.  One more thing but not the last check books before you buy more. Just in case you and hubby buys the same one's. Minecraft is still a huge hit after a year.Justin goes through more books in a week then his daddy and I ever have. Not complaining but his books are over taking his room. A new book shelf is now in order to build. 
Merry Christmas I know a lot of people want their children to grow up.  Let them be kid's and enjoy Christmas let them believe in Santa. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. 
Seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing!  Don't take their childhood away to soon.

Sunday, December 21

Sunday Workout

 

 
Round one
10 pushups
15 burpees
90 Russian twist
15 kettle ball squats
 
Round Two
25 squats
20 lunges per side
40 jumping jacks
60 seconds wall sit
 
Good luck let me know how you do. Push through the pain you will thank yourself in the end. The hardest part about getting fit is telling yourself you can do it. Positive thinking will change who you are. You have the control over what your life will be. You alone can change your body if you want. Take little steps if you want it you can have it. Remember this is only ten percent of the rest of your life the hard part is controlling what you put in your mouth.

Friday, December 19

Green Beans Coffee


                       It's that time of year to send our Troops some coffee. It's something small but makes the biggest splash for our men and women in uniform. I have slowly taken out coffee from my diet that doesn't stop me from buying it for family member's who drink more then they should.


$2 = 1 Cup of Joe
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  • Click on the link above  make someone smile today. You might even get an email that is the best part for my oldest. This will make three years of us donating to Green Beans Coffee. He still acts like it was his first email ever.
     
     Merry Christmas to all who can't be with their families. Thank You for all that you have sacrifice for our country.














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    Wednesday, December 17

    Cats,Kids, and Water

    My household is full of crazy insane kids who take baths with our kitten Godzilla. He sits in the tub to my surprise he swims around. He will also sit in my stand up shower at the end while I take a shower. He is weird for a cat. Now he has discover the toilet and toilet paper. Both bathrooms looks like a tornado went by daily. I'm working on that problem as we speak.The paper is all over. Christopher was going to the bathroom when Godzilla thought it would be a great ideal to jump in the toilet face first. I had to give him a bath which in return he acted like he hated the water. I would have never guessed. Along with that he will jump up on the table to steal the kids food or whatever is on their plate. I don't remember my other cat Mickey losing her mind when she was three months old. My hubby spoiled him rotten in order to get him to calm down you have to pick him up and rock him to sleep. What? He sits by the back door then proceeds to Meow as loud as he can. At what I'm not sure Justin has taken it upon himself to take him to the litter box thinking that he might have to go to the bathroom. That only worked for a minute then he goes back to following us around talking until we pick him up. My kids are running around or running away from the cats who by the way love to play hide and seek. I should just get a baby carrier then have the boys carry him. He is such a baby but takes great pictures!
                                     Look at that face he is cute. He definitely fits his name.

    Friday, December 12

    28 cents

    I always express to my children how  seeing a smile will change your day. Today was one of those days for Justin.  He went to the Santa Shop at school yesterday. He donated ten dollars to the school shop.  They didn't have a clue what to do with the donation. He had to talk to three different people in order to find out how he could do it. That took me by surprise. How could they not know? Clearly this was the first donation ever. Justin spoke very clear he wanted it to go to a kid who wanted to buy something but couldn't. 
    One of the Teachers that worked the shop found Justin to tell him that a child in kindergarten came in with 28 pennies later that day.  He didn't have enough to buy anything but with the money Justin donated he was. He left the Santa Shop with a SMILE!  It brought tears to my eyes as my eleven year old son told the story. His eyes filled as well. My son paid it forward today. Here is another step to making a difference.

    Monday, December 8

    Letters for Abbie


    The boys and I made cards for Addie and her family. It has to be one of the hardest things to do is knowing your child won't make another Christmas. It makes me sad just thinking about it. I know I have a few followers if you could pass this around.  That would make this family happy.  Here are the boys cards so far. 
    If you don't have a child get your niece, nephew or god child to help you out with this Christmas wish. 

    Sunday, December 7

    Giving Tree

    It's getting harder each year to help out without giving away what the giving tree means. I had Christopher pick a card off of the tree. It was for a little girl who is four years old who likes monster high dolls, anything frozen and Doc McStuffins. This is what he picked out. Not bad for being little. I thought it would be hard to explain to him that the toys were not for him. We had a little bump in the road but overall I think he had fun when it came time to wrap the gifts.
     
    Justin also picked a card for a ten year old girl. He didn't look at the card until we made it to the car.
     
    She asked for make-up, nail art and nail polish. I have boys I have no ideal what to get a ten year old little girl. We stopped a lady at the store who happen to have two granddaughter's who was able to help us out. I wasn't the girly girl growing up. I didn't start wearing make up till after my first child. Even now it's not much just a little eye liner, eye shadow and mascara if that. I think ten is to young for make up but that's why I don't have a daughter. We have a few more things to get her before we wrap it up. Justin was funny in the store he just went to the first thing he saw and put it in the cart. We still have some more shopping to do for toys for tots next weekend. I love this time of year helping people is the best gift I can show or give my boys. Please help out if you can. It will make someone smile.
     
     

    Monday, December 1

    30 days Do you have what it takes?

    December is the last month let's make it worth it. Take on this 30 day challenge with me.  Fitness is a Life Journey. Remember it will take time.  You will have bad days don't give up.  Eat healthy stay calm it will work if you want it to.  Let the fun start.
    Day one is over remember abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym. This counts for a small part. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Make it mean something. 
    Good Luck!

    Friday, November 28

    Happy Thanksgiving for a family

    Holidays are hard on a lot of families not being together money problems and just life gets in the way sometimes. Hubby and I purchased a Thanksgiving dinner for a family that needed a little help.  They work but like a lot of families have a hard time deciding what bills to pay vs. food. We decided a longtime ago that if we had extra to give we would. We have kept that promise to ourselves to help. Opening our non-profit business is taking forever. In the meantime as a family we are helping all the time. We don't want anything in return for helping anyone that needs it. I love knowing that someone needed help and received it. It puts a smile on their face as well as ours.  This Thanksgiving meant a lot to us. It never fails that our kids keep us laughing.  When they were asked what they were thankful for Justin says "He is thankful it's not 1621!" They didn't have bathrooms then or toilet paper.  I'm glad it's the simple things in life he appreciates. I'm thankful for spending time with my family and friends.  We went to my Aunt's house bless her heart was in the hospital. She was able to come home later that night.  The apartment complex she lives in puts on Thanksgiving in the courtyard.  Everyone brings a dish mingles and eats delicious food. It's getting a little less weird having Thanksgiving outside as the years go by. The day was beautiful as well as all the new people I ran into. Life is a Journey you live in. Make the last month of 2014 count for something you can be proud of. My accomplishments this year may not be materialistic but they did change someone's life.

    Wednesday, November 26

    A very wise man....God bless him...worth the read....

    This was posted in the Ferguson Scanner, and later deleted. I copied it before it disappeared, and emailed it to myself. I am posting it here because I found the...is man's message to be in keeping with my own thoughts about the events going on in Ferguson. It's lengthy, but worth reading. See if you agree, and let me know your thoughts (I blanked out references to the 'n' word, for FB rules):
    My Name is William G. Lillas....
    I wanted to clear up a few black and white questions and answers. The things I state are facts. They are not downloaded from some media website, not propaganda, just observations from a 83 year old black man, born in America:
    "I was told by my parents (yes, a married man and woman with my last name), that I was n*****. We lived in “N***** Town” in a small Texas town, no A/C, grass growing through the floor, no car, no TV. We washed our bodies with lye soap that my mother made, by hand. I thought I was a n*****, until I graduated high school, went to college, did an enlistment in the Army, and got a job. I am now retired, own my own home, have 6 children by ONE WOMAN, and we all have the same last name. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, a Master’s Degree in Sociology. My retirement, VA disability from combat in the Korean War (I only have one leg), and part-time pay in a local college, is about $125,000 a year. From dirt poor n*****, to old, black, proud American.
    Yes, I am black, and I can say “n*****”, because I understand the true meaning of the word.
    Let’s clear up a few things about the Michael Brown incident.
    -Fact: It is not called "shoplifting or stealing", it's called "robbery", which is a felony. Brown stole something and assaulted someone, that means ROBBERY. It’s on video, and it’s a fact. Not shoplifting, not theft, not “lifting” a few cigars, but ROBBERY!
    -Michael Brown, like Trayvon, was portrayed by the media as a “little black boy”, cute little headphones, and his cap and gown photo, gunned down by a ruthless police assassin, executed by “whitey”. First, I have never seen a cop drag a person into their car’s driver door to arrest them. So, let us be clear, Michael Brown was a n*****; a sorry assed, criminal, hoodlum, n*****. Nobody wants to say that, but I will. He had a criminal record a mile long, was known for numerous assaults, robberies, including the one you saw with your own eyes, and still refuse to call it a robbery. He was, like so many others, living a life that he thought he was “entitled” to, just for being alive. Gangsta rap, weed, drinking, guns, and those stupid-assed low profile rims, makes him some kind of bad-ass n*****.
    -I have fought communist Chinese and North Korean soldiers in the 1950’s with more honor than that n*****. Yep, I peeled potatoes and shot communists. That’s the only job a n***** soldier could get.
    Rodney King? Black Riots!
    Trayvon? Black Riots!
    -Hurricane Katrina? Black Riots! Stealing TV’s, designer clothes, etc.
    -O.J. Simpson kills white man and white woman, found NOT GUILTY? Did white folks riot? Nope!
    -In fact, when is the last time white people rioted? Civil War, maybe? That’s because they are, relatively, civilized people, much like many black Americans. Protesting is one thing, hell, I’m all for it. Even if you are an ignorant idiot, you have a right to protest.
    -Stop only showing the young black "cap and gown" photos of Michael. Charles Manson may have a few of those laying around, as well. Show the n***** "gangsta" photos of the "poor unarmed teenager" (grown man) pics that have been removed from his Facebook page, holding the loaded pistol, smoking weed, with a mouthful of money.
    -Militarization? The stupid-assed media that publicizes this has no idea what “militarization” really is. Cops wear helmets and vests, and drive armored vehicle because unemployed n*****s thrown bricks at them, moron! You put on an "Adam 12" uniform and walk down the streets of Ferguson during the criminal riots. I can guarantee that you'll jump into the first armored "military tank" that you see.
    -You only "want the police" when you "need the police", otherwise, you mock and fear what you do not understand about the police. And by the way, the police are trained to take your shit, but I wouldn’t fuck around with those Army National Guard, they aren’t as well disciplined “culturally” to take your shit like police do every day. They will ventilate your black asses with M-16s, with military precision and extreme prejudice.
    -And finally, the way we protest and demand justice, is run down the streets breaking shit, looting stores, and acting like a bunch of untrained monkeys? Hell, after Rodney King, criminal n*****s were actually killing people, thinking they were entitled to be worse criminals than they already were. For those black criminals that do that, you are a disgrace to your race, inflamed by idiots like Al Sharpton, instead of listening to logic from proud black Americans, like Bill Cosby, Samuel Jackson, Colin Powell, Allen West, me, etc.
    -You blame white people for your ignorance, criminal acts, unemployed laziness, etc.
    -You blame white people for 89% of the prisons in America being full of blacks. They did nothing wrong, the racists white cops framed them all, right? No chance at school, no chance for college, military, employment?
    BULL SHIT!
    -More n*****s kill n*****s, than n*****s killing whites, whites killing n*****s, and whites killing whites….COMBINED. I find this astounding.
    -It's not white peoples' faults, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by a white man years ago. You can go to school, get a job, buy a house, and vote, JUST LIKE WHITE FOLKS!!!! You are not a slave, you are not discriminated against! Slavery is abolished, and nobody alive today, was alive when it was popular. Get over it! You are discriminated against because you are a criminal, sorry-assed n*****. Otherwise, black Americans are treated like everyone else.
    -If you choose to create "baby daddy and baby mama", and fake disabilities as an excuse for laziness to draw social security disability…… instead of husband, wife, family, job, mortgage, it's YOUR FAULT, not white folks. And there are a lot of proud black Americans that will tell you the same, as I AM ONE OF THEM!!!
    -Remember, the way you act on the camera, is remembered by everyone who sees it. They will never forget it. It shows them how you, as the black race, respond to situations that don’t particularly go the way you think they should. It will become a reference standard, something they expect from you when the next media report doesn’t go your way. Stop being stupid n*****s, and be a proud black American. My parents raised me well, but they were wrong about one thing, I am not a n*****.
    I will not be around long. While my mind is still sharp, and my aim is still good, my body is eating away with cancer. It started in the prostate, and is spreading rapidly. After I die, I have asked my children to publish my writings, and include my name. Although I am not expecting any miracles, I can only hope that Americans will stop blaming color, start blaming criminals, and see people for what the y really are. We have too many countries that want us dead. We should not be fighting each other.
    "William G. Lillas"

    Friday, November 21

    Peaches and Cream

    I love smoothies it helps me stay on track here is another one to try. This time it's not my own it's from Kayla Itsines website. I follow her on Instagram she is amazing. She is lean and mean her workouts are apart of my workouts daily. I have been doing them at nights to total my day at 3 hours of working-out. It is a lifestyle I don't see it as a chore or something I have to do. I enjoy it. This month has been a little hard considering that I have had a sore throat now the rest of the family has it too. I hope we will be back on track soon. Until then eating right will help maintain what I already have accomplish. SEXY IS STRONG!!!


    Ingredients
    • 2 ripe peaches, pitted, cut up or 2 cups frozen peaches
    • 1 frozen banana (remove skin before freezing)
    • ½ cup almond milk
    • ¼ cup quick oats
    • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
    • 1 tsp agave or pure maple syrup for added sweetness (optional)
    • 1 tbs chia seeds

    Directions
    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and let them sit for 5 minutes so that the oats and chia seeds have a chance to soak.
    2. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.
    If you have a smoothie please post it.

    Monday, November 17

    Pins

    Here are a few pin's I tried from our favorite site of course.
    My window decoration. 
    Our Snowman on the refrigerator.

      We did it as a family  I call it a win. What do you think? 
    Our tree on the wall with a robot next to it. Not what I thought it would look like as you can tell we ran out of tape. It was a lot of fun I love looking at the masterpieces we make. Like our tree at the bottom the ornaments are all bunch up. I love it every time I look at it I just smile. The fun of being a parent is that you get to be a kid again.
     

    Wednesday, November 12

    Treadmill, Mother and Son fitness Journey

    My son and I are in about five weeks or so of our  muscle conditioning class. I love the bonding time we have once we get to the gym after we drop off popsicle. Then we hit it up for a pre workout before beast mode kicks in. Justin is improving fantastically but he's good at that stuff anyway so I'm not surprised. I am surprised at how much he is enjoying himself. He is in a class with mostly adults he does modify some of the workouts that we do. I almost hit the dirt trying to take a picture while we were walking on the treadmill. I don't advise doing. My first and last picture.
    Allison and Kim are strong women who want nothing more then to see you succeed in their class. They will push you to the extreme. When you are at your breaking point you will hear them yelling
    "Don't give up let it burn. You can do it!"
    It may sound silly but when you feel the need to give up just that little saying goes a long way. I find myself going stronger because I have eyes on me. I have to set the example that I preach to my son. Give your best because no one else can do it for you.
     
    I love that Justin and I enjoy getting fit. It's not a chore it's fun to us. I found him flexing in the mirror a few days ago. He has muscles in his arms to go with his mini six packs he has. We read a lot together about Fitness. It's important to know the right way to teach my son about getting fit. He lifts 3 pounds weights in class and even at that is hard for him. He wants to go heavier but I need him to understand that isn't always necessary when working out. Using the proper form is more important then how heavy you go. It will come in time.
     
    11-10-2014
     
    On my own personal journey to getting fit has been a bumpy ride. My shoulder my knees my back all at once and at different times has given me hell. Slowing down reducing my weights stretching and relaxing has become a big part in my recovery. Now I'm better at taking the time to make sure my six pack will come by next year. Abs are made in the kitchen not the gym. Just a little advice for anyone reading. Going to the gym is about ten percent of getting fit. Eating right counts for the rest. If you don't have that then all your hard work means nothing. I do have a cheat day once a week you have to treat yourself in order to stay on track. A little goal I have set for myself. I'm a strong beautiful woman who has the love and support of my family in my journey. I also have Monika's step, core and muscle conditioning class on Monday's and Wednesday to look forward to.
    Here is what we did today I'm totally burned out but love every minute of it.
     
    1) 50 Knees OR 50 jumping toe taps.

                                                             2) 24 Rows in plank

                                                                  3) 20 Jump squats

                                                           4) 24 count Mountain Climbers

                                                                    5) 4X8 Woodchoppers

                                                                    6) 12 Pushup/Pike

                                                                   7) 24 Jumping Lunges

    She is another amazing woman who teaches four class three times a week. She will motivate you everyday to push yourself not to give up. She feeds off of her classes energy then takes it up a notch.

    "Suck it up and push yourself to change!"
    You can't buy it no one can give it to you. You can't wish for it. It takes hard work and dedication to be strong and fit. It's up to you how to live your life. Choose one you can be proud of yourself in the process.
     If you haven't taken the step to do group exercising you should. It will change your view on different ways to get fit and enjoy your time. Don't focus on losing weight or one body part focus on being STRONG! It's a lifestyle change not a diet! Make it long term for LIFE.
    STRONG is SEXY!!!
     
     
     
     
     

    Sunday, November 9

    Blue lights

    I know it's a little early for Christmas last weekend we put up our Christmas lights outside that leaves a blue tint if you pass our street. Yes, We are those people in the neighborhood. Sorry I love to decorate. I have to hand all the credit to my hubby who put up the lights and climbed on the roof to put the reef together too. I did my share standing there handing him the lights as he stood there on the latter. The Christmas tree is up as well as our little tree from Tampa that needs a red star. I'm excited for the holidays. Justin wants to go to New York for the New Year not sure about that one. A trip for a few years in the making when popsicle is a little older. I still think it's weird without snow but I'm not complaining.  I love it! Shopping is already on the way to be done. Stockings are hung up well for the turtle and two cats. Ours to come in a few weeks once I find out what Santa will put in them.  Christmas crafts to make letters to Santa Justin's Christmas concert coming up. It's always something but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Tuesday, October 28

    Turtles and Life

    Don't kick your brother.Don't jump off the couch. Don't lick the cat.Please don't use the Halloween lights as a jump rope. No you cannot have a flour fight today its raining. No that squirrel can't come in the house. No we can't take the turtle for a walk. No we can't buy a dolphin. Don't lick me I'm not food. Please don't try and pet the fish. Where is your homework? Don't forget you have music after school. Why are your soccer pads on the cat?  I thought this would be the most of the things I would have to deal with on the daily.  I was wrong my Popsicle now understands life as it's alive and what death is. We get fish and the turtles eat them. He was extremely upset with me for being mean and not saving the fish. It reminded me of when Justin had an emotional breakdown when we had to give up our black lab Baby because we moved  into a apartment when he was the same age no pet's aloud. Baby went to a great family with a baby of their own on the way. That's when we turned into cat owners.   We have had our turtles for eight years. We started off with four to represent the Ninja Turtles. Michelangelo died when we moved to Florida he didn't make the move in the u-haul truck. The other's survived we have Donatello and Leo don't remember what happened to Raphael. Explaining the circle of life to a four year old is hard. He is an amazing animal lover. All day I have been the fish killer. It's hard to sit there as your child is crying about fish. He made me cry.  I guess our turtles are now vegetarians.

    Monday, October 27

    Smoothie Sunday

    What is your favorite smoothie to make?
     
    Go Lions!!! A forever fan here always when you are from Detroit.  
     
    Strawberry Mint Banana Smoothie
     
    2 cups of milk (almond milk)
    1 mint leaf
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp of vanilla
    cup of ice
    Then blend and enjoy

    Tuesday, October 21

    Justin Step's Continue

    My young pre teen I can't believe I said that is on a ten week journey to fitness. He is stepping it up from now till Christmas. He is taking one class a week of muscle conditioning with me at the gym. He did an amazing job his first class last week. He kept up with all of us. He made me a proud mommy. He made me push harder when those burpees came along.
     I guess I get mommy and me time back with a little kick. I can't wait till the end of ten weeks are up just to see how much we have improved in mind, body and spirit. I'm excited a little more than I'm when I workout with my hubby. He is a beast in the gym. He makes some funny faces. I'm not at that point yet but it's fun to watch him be extreme. I love as a family this is fun and not something we have to do. We are a non-stop family with a bright future ahead for all of us. Good things will come to those who make it happen. Make yours happen today don't wait!
     It's not a matter of if we will reach our goals it's when?
     
    After our workout

    Monday, October 20

    I Matter

    I Matter.


    Domestic violence does not discriminate. It occurs in our neighborhoods and in our families. Anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Abusers control and terrorize our daughters, bosses, sisters, friends, and even our SONS – who are most often abused by their male partners and sometimes their female partners. Join the Empowered Women of Purpose at "I Matter," an event devoted to bringing awareness and healing to the domestic violence epidemic. There will be a candlelight vigil to bring people together to remember those who lost their lives, fought to save their lives and honor anyone who is affected by domestic violence.
    http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/node/305



    Event date 
    Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 6:00pm
     
     
    There are ton of events in your state Please click on the link above and help Stop Domestic Violence Remember it starts with you. Only you can stop the cycle from repeating in your household. You have options to leave now. Don't think you are stuck in world where no one cares. I care My name is Patricia I Matter You Matter I use to think it was my fault I couldn't of been more wrong. Real Men Don't Hit. It was his fault it was his actions that made me scared. I feared for my life and the life of my family. He was the cause of my pain not any more he doesn't matter. I have lived a violent free life for the last 11 years. Still going strong in my marriage. I 'm loved by a wonderful man who treats me like his Queen. I fear No More of coming home to yelling and making up lies to my co-workers about the night before. There is help if you are reading this there are people who will help you get away. A house can be replaced you and your children can not!
     
    SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger call 911. Or reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
     
    I Matter My Name is Patricia You Matter What's your name? It's time to leave!

    Kale Chips

    I have tried to make these kale chips before. I always burn them. This time it came out pretty good.
    - Rinse and dry your kale
    -Preheat the oven 275 degrees
    - Put your kale in a big bowl and sprinkle salt and olive oil over it until the leaves are coated.
    - Take a flat pan add your kale. Leave a  little space between each leaf.
    -Put in the oven for 20 minutes then flip it over and bake another 20 minutes.  Total 40 minutes
    Enjoy your kale chips
    They came out Awesome!  I was surprised by my boys.  They ate it. I guess it's the first time for everything. 
    The benefits of eating kale.
    - high in iron
    -high in vitamin K
    - low in calories
    These are just a few great things about kale. For a whole list go to

    Thursday, October 9

    Hugs, Parents,Life

    You need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.
                      -Virginia Satir
     
    I'm forever hugging my kid's.  I read, write, teach them how to live in this big place called life. I'm shocked at how many people think being a Stay At Home Mom means laying on your ass all day. Talking to a few mom's myself this Friday after story time with Popsicle. 
    A mommy made a comment " I wish I had that kind of time!" It was like she was making a jab at me? Yes, She was I was shocked.  All five of us were stay at home moms.  We all have the same amount of minutes in a day. We all get the same amount of hours in a day. My hubby and I always get compliments on how well behaved and how polite our boys are. I love it. That means we are doing half a decent job. I hardly ever hear a parent say please and thank you to their kids. We do if we ask them to do something.  My hubby works some mad hours still has time to play. We don't sit in front of the Television or Computer all day. We make our kids enjoy life. They love the ocean it's like our second home. However they don't swim in it anymore my bad we watched Shark Week. With all the recent attacks it's safer in the sand. I spend quality time with my boys. They come first in my life before my work or hubby. He feels the same if he didn't we wouldn't be  married. That has been our number one goal in life. To make a better life for our children to give them a chance to become something great. They are already amazing in everything they do. I encourage them to do their best give their best. I can't do that for them they have to want to learn. I can only give them the tools to do the job. 
    I let my boys be boys. They play they have a life of their own. I treat them as people.  I see a lot of parents treat their kids as if they don't exist.  It's sad kid's have feelings.  Thy are like us. A child will become what they see and hear from parents. If you continue to put something in their heads they will remember. 
    My son play's the violin. I'm proud to be his mom. It was a pain in ass to get an instrument from the school. They wanted me to buy one. Like it was nothing I'm not made out of money. I have no problem with that if he plays.  If he still plays by the end of the year then we will talk. So far so good.

     
    In his short life he has accomplish a lot. It makes my hubby and I happy we are able to give him that chance. It bugs me to No end when I hear working or not parents say they don't have time to play with their kids. In fact you do it's 99 percent for your kids and that one percent is for you. If you have kids that's how it should be in my opinion. If parents took the time to turn off the TV get off the phone turn off the computer pick up a toy and play. They would get to know their kids. It's very important that you are happy to know you are giving your kids 99percent of your time. With that said Please remember
     
      You need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. Tell your kids you love them go outside ride a bike play football do something. They will remember that inside of how much money you have. I have been both a full-time working parent and a stay at home mommy. I work from home and love it. At times it gets hard but if you really want something you will make time for it.

    Tuesday, October 7

    Pins, Likes and Crafts

     
    I love this little craft it has been a huge help learning colors with Popsicle. With 491 repins a lot of others like it as well.  Popsicle likes to hide them all over the house then we have to find them like hide and seek. I let him tell me the color as if I don't know it. He laughs at me like Mom you can do it. I have faith in you. I always encourage him in everything when he uses my same words it melts my heart. Another game we like to play is the same above just with Legos. He loves Legos! This game takes up an hour if not more. We lose track of time because we are having fun. I love this age when he learns something his face just lights up. With him being the baby I'm taking it all in. I won't get these moments back. Play with your kids live it up. There are plenty more on my Pinterest page check it out.
     

    Friday, October 3

    October is a start

    Break the Cycle


    I wish there was an easier way to explain to the world that this is a problem. It's not normal for a man to hit a woman. It's not love when he says he is sorry while you are on the floor in tears apologizing for something you shouldn't have to apologize for. I'm grateful that this subject is getting the light it needs. There are many women who need help twice as many men who don't say a thing. 1 in 4 women are abuse a day. Most of them have children who view the violence as a part of life. It is not apart of a happy family. Please talk to the ones who you know need help. Don't blame them it is hard to see the other side. It's often looked as it's the victims fault when they don't leave. Take it from someone who has been through the pain hell and back. It's the feeling no one will understand. It's the feeling of not wanting people to know what is really going on in your life. The fear that is inside of making your partner mad. Remember fear is Real death is real. A woman is three times more likey to be killed by her abuser then if she stayed. Take a moment and educate yourself go sit in a meeting to try and understand how one feels. Don't be so quick to judge a person.  Listen first with your ears and heart. Love doesn't have to hurt! Please help this October to bring awareness That DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is real. It needs to stop wear purple to support!  

    Giving Back

    It's that time again to give back to our community once again. I know I said every month there would be a post. We have been very busy this past month we plan to double up this October.  The boys and I have been buying away there is twice the amount now in picture below. The Humane Society was taken back by how cute Christopher was bringing in the cat food. However He left crying because he wanted to bring all the dogs and cats with us. I had to say No.
    Our crazy cat also know as Mickey the cat on Instagram is more than enough for me.
     
     
    Here is our start in making a difference.

     
    Christopher being cute! We plan to donate blankets next time as they are in need of that as well. Give back today to a cause, person maybe babysit for a working mom. A smile can go a long way. The boys and I are now working on giving bags filled with things someone can use who are homeless. We see a lot come the Holiday's.
     
     

    A New Job

    Justin has a new job. He is an Assistant Coach for flag football.  He amazes me!
     
    I'm extremely happy for my son! He is very helpful with the children. The kids look up to him and listen.  They call him Coach Jay! It's adorable.  I guess it's different when you are a kid getting
    directions from a kid. I think this will be a great experience for him to see the game from another view. I think it will make him a better player at any sport. The most important part is that he has fun. No matter what Justin does he seems to always have fun. Yes, I'm bragging about my son. I think he has found his job for right now besides school of course. He forever talks about the kids on his team. I can't remember all the names but he does. He gets really excited when he has to go to practice and games. This Saturday is his last game he will take up Basketball once again in November for his self.
     
    My baby is growing up I don't know what to say but we are proud parents. He is turning out to be an amazing young man all on his own. My hubby and I are so happy we get to see him grow into this caring person. It's nice to know we had a little help in making this little person who he is today. I couldn't be more proud of my son than I am now. His report card was great he is learning the violin. Which took us by surprise now I'm on the hunt for a violin for popsicle.  He follows in his Big brother footsteps in everything. Let your kids be themselves they will surprise you with what they have listen too.

    Thursday, September 25

    Picnic Tuesdays

    My popsicle came up with having a picnic in the kitchen on the floor. 

    This is how I get the boys to eat leftovers.  It takes a few hours we sit there we eat we talk  even the cat gets involved. 
    It has become Picnic Tuesday!  Another cute way to eat dinner with my kids. They have a blast. Next week we will try it outside if it's not raining.  

    Thursday, September 18

    Review on pre workout

    My knees have been giving me problems  lately to keep up on my busy schedule with working out I have incorporated a pre workout.I'm not much for a pre workout I have been doing it for over a year with nothing. My hubby has taken the stuff before. He doesn't really like it but he thought I might.

    I have to say after taking it for 4 weeks it did help me get through my work out in beast mode. However by the third week it seemed to stop working. I completed my 4 weeks and now I'm cycling off of it. If you are sensitive to caffeine I would suggest taking something different. Also has niacin  which makes you hot in order to sweat more. With any new product please just take one scoop it is a powder form be careful. I didn't have any side effects besides I forget to eat. I ended up having to set my phone to remind me to eat. It will surpress your appetite but make sure you drink lots of water while taking this pre workout. I found that my mental capacity was much clearer than normal. I stayed on track. I didn't lose any weight but I did gain muscle. 

    Tuesday, September 16

    Challenging our ancestors!

    When you have kid's everyday is an adventure. You never know what they will come up with.  Mind wanted to paint themselves with clay to tap into our  Cherokee Indian heritage. Of course I said okay why not. We will try and do just about any craft out there to keep parenting fresh. It's entertaining already however this is by far my favorite activities besides the shaving cream fight we had a year ago.
    Having a blast painting themselves!  
    He was dancing tapping into his  chi! Christopher is behind him trying to push him over.
    Now his chi!
     
    The video below is by far the laugh of the day.  My Popsicle is crazy funny!

    Tuesday, September 9

    He said he loved me!

    Young, dumb and in love I was running away from my family. I thought he loved me until he showed me that with a black eye. I didn't care I was nothing like my mother he was nothing like my step father. I didn't call the cops. I love him I will support him. I can fix him. I can make him love me like before.  Until a friend of mind seen me in the hallway of school stop to ask why we don't talk anymore. I just allowed myself to think it was better this way. I have to prove to him that he is the only one for me. He doesn't like me talking to other men. He is a little jealous he says I'm pretty. He doesn't want someone else to look at me that way. A kiss before class a whisper in my ear if you talk to him again I will kill him. My love smiles as he walks away. I'm confused he just told me he loved me. Why would he threaten my friend that's all we are, are friends have been for a very long time. Once school ends my love picks me up from my locker we walk to his house. We talked the whole time nothing to worry about then he punches me in the stomach as the door closes.  He Grabs me by the hair throws me to the ground. I hit my head on the cement floor. I close my eyes I grab my head I start to cry. My love jumps on me grabs my face says "You are a whore for talking to another man. I won't allow it. You won't disrespect me." I don't understand why is he yelling at me? I'm hurt he hurt me again. He said he would never do that again. He continued to yell for me to stand. It's hard to open my eyes I have a headache I feel sick I can't see that well. He kicks me my love picks me up. I'm crying telling him I'm sorry I won't do it again. I leave as I walked my bike home. All I can think about is what happen. Why me why is he so mean. It's all my fault why do I do these things. If I never talked to my friend my love would have never hit me. What will I tell my mom? I have to talk to someone I hope my mom is home. I walk up to my house as before I can hear screaming from above. My step father is home he is beating my mom again. I guess I won't talk to her tonight even if I did would she care. All I want to know is why he hurts me so? Is this normal? Who will know? My love beats me my step dad beats my mom. His mom beats his dad. I guess it is this is all I know. I'm trapped in a life I don't understand. I'm scared I'm alone This is #WhyIStayed

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    STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    It's not your fault A REAL MAN DOESN'T HIT! Love doesn't hurt like that. Don't give up find someone to talk to talk. Someone will listen someone will help you. Just because you grow up in that kind of world doesn't mean you have to stay. Please seek help. Please don't allow someone to degrade you. Know your Worth Know who you are. Someone special someone who is worthy of being loved by someone who will adore you. Know the signs of an abuser.


    Saturday, September 6

    Building a Bond that will Last Forever

     
    Building a strong bond with your children should come first in any parents agenda. Unfortunately it doesn't in this day in age. Too many parents stick their children in front of a computer screen or in front of the TV. My hubby works mad crazy hours all the time in order to give our boys a life he nor I had growing up. A chance for opportunity to live a life that is worth living. We may own our own business which gives me the chance to be home with our boys more. We are constantly busy with client's some how when my hubby has set a date to build something, play soccer, go to the beach, play football, travel, build a giant Lego ship he is always there. I love my hubby for that. Being a parent means more to us then anything else. It took them two hours to build this catapult with people targets. That they later set up a Nerf battle in the house with. Kids are little once no matter the amount of money you spend on them. They won't remember how much something cost but the time with you they spent. Our son loves to build things as crazy as it sounds he has had Daddy's help in building something then tearing it apart. They are always coming up with new a adventure. Take the time to get to know your children before time runs by. 

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