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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.

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