Even though the first day of Fall is still a few weeks away and the weather has been more gorgeous than ever, my summer is officially over. I think as New Yorkers, big & small, we all feel a little sad around this time of year, since we know that the time of frost bitten noses and snow covered cars are quickly approaching. I never really have summer time blues, well maybe when I was teaching, since Labor Day signified my return to work but as a stay (work) at home mother, all the seasons and days just kind of blend together; especially if you do not have school age children! However, I can honestly say that THIS YEAR I have a bad case of SUMMER TIME BLUES.
And The 20 + Uses That Will Change Your Life
ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES ANYMORE
How do you pick your dishwasher soap? Is it the color? Or the scent? The price? The shape of the bottle? Or by witty commercial? The dishwasher isles at the supermarket are filled with rainbow-lined shelves with endless choices that can be overwhelming. So how does one choose? Myself, I like to choose a product that gives me the most bang for my money. I found that the case with DAWN. Besides doing an awesome job on washing my dishes, I found about 20 other awesome uses for it around the house!!
As seen threw mommy's eyes...
So I made up my mind and before I could over think it or let others influence my decision…I called New York State Early Intervention Program. I got a voice mail and had to leave my name and number. (Talk about nerve wracking waiting for that call back!) While I waited for my phone call to be returned I reminisce on how many times I recommended parents to have their children evaluated as a teacher and now how many years later, I am a parent with a “questionable” child.
And boy it’s been on my mind lately!
As a parent you worry. I know I started to worry the minute I saw the double pink line on the pregnancy test. With my daughter I had an awesome pregnancy and worried about everything! I guess that is what women do, we worry and worry about everything and nothing. I remember saying to myself while pregnant with her, “man I am so worry about her, what do people do who have “high risk pregnancies”?” Well two years later I was able to answer that one too! My normal pregnancy with my son turned out to be high risk and I really worried about it until I held him in my arms. I figured the worrying would end there, but it doesn’t. As days turned into weeks and weeks into months I watched my little infant turn into a happy smiley baby. However, we discovered at 10 months that he suffers from a condition called “Involuntary Breath Holding Spells”. If you think you worry about your kids learning to walk and fall, try dealing with a kid who faints when he gets hurt or frustrated and is trying to walk! My worry meter went on high alert for a few months. At 12 months I was a little concern about his development but since we had just discovered his IBHS I didn’t raise my concern with anyone. Instead I documented EVERYTHING he was doing. (Because that’s what teachers do…document everything! I can’t help it; it’s in my blood even though I am currently not teaching.) I waited. And waited. And waited. I was thoroughly prepared to address these concerns at his 15-month appointment with his pediatrician.
I am a firm believer of sharing the household responsibilities and chores with the members of the family. Since my kids could first understand the concept of helping to clean up, they have! Sure some nights are better than others but isn't that always the case. It's a work in progress! Visitors to my home always comment on how many behavior/chore charts I have up. I have one for listening, one for eating all your dinner, another for sharing toys...get the idea. I know it looks funny but I tell you they are teaching my kids good manners and life skills. I am just starting to see (enjoy) the results with my 3 year old.
I realize it has been a little while since I gave you an update on my son and his IBHS. It never ceases to amaze me what a caring bunch of subscribers I have (love you guys!) and how I always get messages or stopped at events to be asked how my kids are…especially the little man. Well in a nut shell…he’s good.
If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook you probably often see me post with the hashtags #IBHSsucks and tagging @BHSAwareness714 and I bet you are wondering why...well six months ago I was told my son has Breath Holding Spells and that's it...have a nice day. No really, I was left worried as hell, a million questions and a team of docotors telling me "it's not a big deal...he will out grow it...it doesn't cause any long term damage". In my online search for answers and support I came across a site that has been my life line and support system. It has been an extremely bumpy six months, but together we are getting through it!
I made a delicious dinner by accident!
((((SHHHHHH Don't tell the hubby!))))
So as I mentioned in a previous post, I am a HUGE Meal Planning Fan! So on tonight’s menu I was supposed to make, “Easy Chicken Bake” from my Pinterest Board. However, upon further review of the ingredients I realized that my husband and I dislike artichoke hearts and I forgot to buy plum tomatoes and mozzarella. So plan B…back to Pinterest! After a few minutes of keyword entering and browsing through some pins I settled on “Roast Chicken With Caramelized Shallots”. Fantastic! Dinner was settled and I was back to pinning cute activities to do with my kids and some cute outfits for the spring.
The time came for me to start prepping dinner before my kids woke up from their naps. I got my chicken out, opened up my recipe and was ready to begin when I realized I didn’t have 8 pieces of chicken, nor did I have shallots or soy sauce! Crap!! Now what…kids sleeping, an hour till hubby comes home and I got nothing (with no option to run to the store since the kids were sleeping)! My husband skipped lunch today, came home famished, and kept poking his nose in the kitchen to see when dinner would be ready…Great! No extra pressure there! So I did what any other sensible wife/mother would do…I improvised! No measurements and ingredients I had on hand. Soy sauce was substituted with teriyaki sauce (its Asian enough) and medium size sweet yellow onions replaced shallots; I also changed the cook time and prep instructions. And guess what? IT WAS FABULOUS! And I am not talking about “put a smile on your face” fabulous, I am talking about “finger licking good” and two thumbs way up from the hubby & the kids! If you don’t believe me, just ask my 3 year old (the toughest food critic in these here parts) she not only finished her plate of chicken but also asked for more…TWICE! (The same child we have to nag all dinner long to stop talking…stop singing…stop playing and just eat!)
So here is the new improvised recipe I created:
Homemade mash potatoes and broiled asparagus accompanied my Roast Chicken With Caramelized Onions.
All and all, it was delicious and it also was the first time my improvising didn’t fail me! I was just so excited!! So I just had to share it with you!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Enjoy and happy cooking!
Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women! Check out the different styles below!
Promotion: Save 25% on any order of $40 or more at www.shopcoobie.com
Promotion code: USFG25
I am excited to be working on a review post of this product brand for your reading enjoyment; however, in the meantime I figure I would give you a sneak peek just in case you want to take advantage of the discount before the end of the month!!
I used to watch “Extreme Couponer” and hear of their extensive meal planning coordinating with grocery items that would be on sale that coming week and I would always think, “yea, right…ain’t no body got time for that!” So just about every morning, many times before I had my first cup of joe my hubby would text or call me to ask what I was making for dinner…at 8AM…I kid you not! I mean really who is thinking about dinner at 8AM, I gotta get through breakfast and lunch with these kids first!
In my husband’s defense (so you don’t think he is a total nut job) he asks because his meal selections for breakfast and lunch are determined by what we are eating at night. So if we are eating a 5-course meal, he will eat on the lighter side during the day (we are both big into watching our weights). I understand his reasoning completely but again who thinks about dinner at 8AM…certainly not me. So I would ramble off the first thing that would come to my mind; which was the same boring meals we always eat (sausage and peppers, pasta with sauce, steak and potatoes…etc.) and now had to figure out how to squeeze a supermarket trip into my day. Then when I couldn’t think of anything or just didn’t want the “usual” we would order out or dine out. But truth be told a pizza here and take out there really starts to add up (especially if you are trying to save money like we are) and then going out with a “testing toddler” and a “on the move baby” is more work than its worth! Honestly, its’ just easier to stay home these days…
This was my story for seven years until this past November when it all changed! I was looking for a new calendar that I could hang on my fridge and right next to the calendar section was an “Organizher Products” section. The shopping list memo pad caught my eye. I am always forgetting things when I go shopping or I forget to check the fridge to see what I actually need, so this would be perfect. I didn’t need the meal planning side (“because I don’t have time for that”) but I guess I could use it to jot down the events for the week. Okay then…SOLD! (pictured below)
So I excitedly brought it home and placed it on the fridge, took inventory and began to start checking away what I needed to buy tomorrow. My husband came home and laughed… “What are you going to start meal planning for the week?” Ha! Ha! Yea right! I can’t decide what to eat for dinner tonight and you want me to figure out what I am going to eat on Saturday!!
We carried on like this for a little longer till one week we had a very busy week ahead of us and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get to the store every day or even every other day. So I sat down and planned what we were going to eat around that week’s busy schedule and you know what it was LIBERATING!
I bet you never would of thought it could be so stressful to decide what to feed your family 3 times a day 7 days a week 365 days a year! BUT IT IS!!!
I went to the supermarket one time that week and I had so much more free time. My hubby would get up every morning, look at the meal written down and knew exactly what to eat during the day. One less thing to worry about! Since I knew at 11AM what I was making for dinner I was able to start prepping the food early (during my son’s morning nap), not having to wait till we figured out the evenings menu and then getting scr*w8d if my kids didn’t nap in the afternoon!
Now by every Saturday I figure out the meal plan for the entire week. This allows us to try new recipes also because I will always “pin” recipes to my “Yummy Recipes” Pinterest Board and then never remember what ingredients I need to buy. Now I write down everything I need while I am in "planning mode". My husband gets a day or two to review and give feedback. If he doesn’t say anything by Sunday morning (when we family food shop for the week; we split the list & tackle Fairway in under 30 minutes...meet ya' at the register..go!) then its’ locked in and that’s that! So are you still not convinced this meal planning is for you...then read my top 7 reasons below!
Why You Should Starting Meal Planning Now:
Want to try a FREE Meal Planning Template? Just to see if you can really plan your meals a week ahead...well downloand the "Weekly Menu Planner" template from our friends at Organized Home! She offers a computer printout or for you OCD planners (like me) a computer fillable version so everything is nice & neat!
Good Luck & Happy Planning!
Share This Post
Steals & Deals