Thursday, April 17, 2014

birthday boy.

This boy turns 5 on Saturday. For some reason this kid really pulls at my heart strings. I don't know if it because he turned my world upside down by showing up almost 6 weeks early...and I waited for what felt like the worlds longest 12 days before I was allowed to take him home. Maybe it's because he cried for about 4 or 5 hours a day for the first 10 months of his life, causing me to be his main care taker. It might also be because he has these sea glass colored eyes like none I've see before, and dimples that he inherited from the hubs that just melt my heart.

Jude has strong opinions about my cooking...or lack of pizza making skills.  He loves only the chocolate part of the smores, and still consumes enough milk to supply a small village. He is a realist and calls them like he sees them.  He loves it when I make pumpkin bread, and gets mad when we eat all  the cheesecake and don't leave him a slice. He is insanely honest, and for the longest time he couldn't remember the difference between tomatoes and potatoes. Currently he wants to be a scientist, and this past Thanksgiving became a vegetarian for about 3 days. He has a love and hunger to learn about Jesus. He used to a tad bit mischievous and has mostly grow out of that phase, mostly. Like myself, he likes to wake up slow, and spend as much time as he can relaxing, and snuggling in the morning. Like the hubs he likes playing baseball, the Dolphins, cheers on the Cardinals, and will watch golf on TV. He has a tender heart, he loves Elisabeth, torments Lyla, looks forward to Survivor night, and donuts might be his love language. He thinks the hubs is the strongest man in the world, right after God...and Rocky Balboa. Jude is a fairly quiet fella, but when he does talk and gets excited his voices gets higher and higher. He rarely sings, the 3 songs he does enjoy singing happen to be eye of the tiger, monster mash, and feliz navidad. He is so smart, I know most moms think their kiddos are smart...but this kid just gets it. He loves games shows, numbers, waiting for the clock to turn 11:11 so he can make a wish, and he might be the worlds biggest Wipeout fan.

When Jude was about two, or so, he used to say, "I miss you mama." even though I was sitting right next to that he is growing up so rapidly before my eyes...I am beginning to think he was on to something...

Happy Birthday Jude!! I love you so much! You are such a blessing and I thank God everyday for you. I hope you are feel it in your heart how much I love you.  xoxo. mom.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


A while back a certain member of our house hold (who shall remain nameless) unknowing bought the really, really, really, really cheap toilet paper. You know the kind they place in gas station restrooms and look almost transparent? Let me just tell you in a house with 3 small kids cheap toilet paper doesn't fly. We made the deal that day to add toilet paper to the list of things we don't try to save major money on. (however if you like saving money Cottonelle has $1.50 coupon)

You know whose toilet paper isn't thin? Cottonelle...seriously this stuff it thick. They also make flush-able wipes...which is really handy when it comes to kids and all things restroom related. Speaking of kids and bathroom duties...can I tell you how much I loathe potty training? I mean seriously with my two oldest I thought potty training them was going to be the end of me. I was always in shock, and majorly jealous, when I heard about those kids who were potty trained at 18 months or something crazy like that. You name it, I have tried it in order to kick off the potty training...a potty party, watching potty movies, bribing with candy. However, my personal experience has been they will go when they are ready. My goal was always to never have two in diapers. With baby #4 coming in September, I need to start laying down the law with Lyla. I am dreading it. She seems real happy to sit on the potty (which is more than I can say for Jude, who screamed)  She is overjoyed to grab her flush-able wipe and even "pretend" to go to the we will take it one day at a time.

While I am talking about bums and toilets...can I also say that when Jude gets older he will be the official toilet cleaner. I for the life of me I can't understand how little boys manage to miss so badly when using the using the restroom, at least the one in my house does. Note: flush-able wipes are also great for cleaning toilets. 

This is the first time I have purchased flush-able wipes.  Personally, this pregnant lady likes the way the wipes smell...which says a lot because these days I strongly dislike the way 90% of things smell. They are also: flush-able, break up after flushing, sewer and septic-safe, and alcohol-free.

So have you ever used flush-able wipes? 
How do you handle potty training? (don't hold out on me if you have great tips!)

Thanks Cottonelle for sponsoring this post about bums, potty training (or lack there of), and toilets.

Monday, April 14, 2014

a frozen cake.

A few years ago Elisabeth really wanted an Ariel princess cake for her birthday. The main problem with that was the local bakery only had Barbie...not Ariel...that was not going to work for my mermaid obsessed 5 year old. The cake also came with a $45 price tag....umm ouch...I would much rather spend $45 more dollars on birthday presents than a cake...I am super frugal like that. So, I set out to figure out to make those doll cakes myself. Turns out it is actually super easy. This year Elisabeth wanted an Anna cake...and a Frozen cake she got.

You'll need:
cake pan 
Pyrex bowl(s) or any oven safe baking bowl/circle pan (just make sure it is over safe!)
2-3 boxes of cake mix
one character doll (I like to use the ones with painted bodies so I don't ruin the clothes with icing)

Make and mix cake mixes according to package // Bake your cakes in the pan and bowls...baking times may very so keep a watch in them  // I like to use either 1 1/2 boxes on the round cake pan to give the cake height with one Pyrex bowl cake ... or use one box in the cake pan and use two Pyrex bowls the second bowl being one of those really small dishes you would use for condiments...just stack your pans and bowls to see it the height will match up...sorry the directions were so lame on that last is really sort of a guessing game depending on the pans you have // when you have your cakes cooked and cooled stack them on top of each other and cut a circle in the center...not too big...just big enough to slip doll inside the center // Then you should be good to add icing and decorate // 

This is a simple cake to make and the price is even better. This cost me $15 including the cost of the doll.

p.s. This by no means is a professional cake...just budget friendly. 

Do you make your on cakes?

Friday, April 11, 2014

easter baskets and a book giveaway.

So Easter is like, what  a week away? Yesterday I begged the hubs to dig out the Easter box from the basement, which by the way has a total of three decorations. I can never seem to find cute Jesus based decorations, and I don't dig the Easter Bunny. I always tell my self I am going to get more decorations after Easter when everything goes on clearance, but atlas I never do.

Last year I got plastic buns (#3) from The Dollar Tree to use as Easter baskets. I let the kids decorate the bins with stickers, they loved it so much they asked to do it again this year. The best a part about using bins, is that you can keep them for storage afterwards.

Mostly each year I put the same items in their baskets: markers, chalk, the classic chocolate bunny, books, bubble gum, candy, and of course bubbles. We seem to go through bubble like crazy, and by "go through" I mean spill. 

This year I want to try the resurrection eggs with the kiddos, and last year we "planted" jellybeans in the ground and overnight they "magically"  grew into suckers..they got a kick out of that!

Want a chance to win God Bless Our Easter from Tommy Nelson? ( us residents only )   

Just tell me what do you love most about Easter?
How do you celebrate the season? 
What are your favorite items to fill the baskets with?

p.s. my other giveaway ends soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jude the scientist.

Jude the scientist. For the longest time, if you were to ask Jude what he wanted to be when he grew up he would tell you he wanted to be a pizza maker. The other day that changed, he told me he wanted to be scientist. I told him I loved that, and thought it was a great idea. A few days later, he told me again he wanted to be a scientist. Again, this made sense the kid is super smart, loves numbers, experiments, and what not.

About a week later he told the hubs, "Dad, I want to be a scientist." The hubs shocked to hear that being a St. Louis Cardinal was not a life long dream (kidding, kidding) asked him why? 

To which Jude replied matter of factually, "So, that I can grow up and build a time machine...just like Doc Brown. " 

So there you have, Jude the scientist...future maker of the time machine.

p.s. you still have time to enter the HUGE giveaway

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

may or may not, some news, and cake.

{ cake + how to = bakers royale }

We may or may not be welcoming one more family member come September.

There may or may not be anyway to share that news other than just coming out and saying it.

This may or may not be our last addition...and by may or may not I mean MAY.

We may or may not have always wanted four kids.

We may or may not be super excited!!

Everyone may or may not be very hopeful baby will be a boy.

I am may or may not be so far along we can find out what we are having next week.

We may or may not, not find out...and let it be a surprise.

Now that I am no longer nauseous I may or may not want to eat that whole cake by my self.

Anything you may or may not be up to today?

p.s. Don't forget the enter the latest giveaway...9 items up for winner takes all.

Monday, April 7, 2014

group giveaway.

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Monday mornings...yuck. How about a giveaway to brighten your day!!??

You know the drill. One winner takes all. US residents only, sorry my Canadian peps. Also, just a friendly reminder to be honest about your entries...winner will be verified and if you fail to do the task you said you did, a new winner will be picked. Good luck, and remember you can share and tweet this giveaway daily for extra entries! A big thanks to all the Etsy artist on board this month!!