Summer With Kids

As some of you know, I was planning to homeschool my kids at one point. That didn’t really pan out but I do take the boys educations very seriously and do what I can to supplement the education they get or will be getting from the public school they attend. Part of that is making sure they don’t loose everything they’ve learned over the summer.

Logan’s teachers were great about sending things home for him to do over the summer and I signed him up for free tutoring through a program he’s in to get extra attention with reading and math skills.

To help keep him in the school mindset I also bought one dollar workbooks for him and Lucian to work on after lunch.

After Logan’s first tutoring session I have been told that he will not have any trouble in first grade! Parenting win!

The takeaway here is that even if your kids attend a public school, their education is your responsibility. I am so lucky to be able to stay home with my boys and I know not everyone has this opportunity. Even with busy schedules, there are small things you can do to keep your kids on track. Reading them is a big one. If you work third shift and aren’t home at bedtime, read to them whenever it works for you. I assure you they don’t care if it’s a bedtime or middle of the day story. You can also buy these workbooks and assign them pages to do while you’re at work. You can grade them and go over it in the minutes you have to spend with them.

Hope you and your family are having an excellent summer vacation!



Preparing For My Juice Fast: Step One The Juicer

There are a few things that you should know about juicers. A juicer should go no faster than 80 rpms. A slow juicer. The reason is because when the juicer speeds up beyond 80 rpms it begins to heat up your juice which destroys the micro nutrients and defeats the purpose of juicing. The one I bought is one of the more expensive ones so let me tell you why we chose it. First of all my Juice Mentor, Sifu Sarah, has had hers for about two years give or take a couple of months, juicing every day and it is still going strong. Finding products that last today is harder than finding a needle in a haystack so I immediately knew I wanted to go with that brand at the very least. Looking at the Omega juicers there were a few options. The least expensive was the VRT 330. We did not choose this one because it is made for juicing every few days and during the fast we will be juicing every day a couple of times a day. Once you cut and juice your veggies and fruit they again will begin to lose those micro nutrients which are so important. So you need to drink your juice as soon as possible after making it. So for fasting the Omega VRT 350 was a better choice. I also plan to drink juice as a regular part of my diet once the fast is over.

On days when I am working I will have no choice but to juice my breakfast the night before. I can’t really be running the juicer at 4am with two kids sleeping right above my head. Unless I want a grumpy husband when I get home. The idea here is to give you the most information so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family.

For a less expensive option on a juicer, there is the Hamilton Beach 67601A. My mom bought this juicer for a beginner model. The juicer cost is significantly lower than the Omega unfortunately it does not give you the rpms. However, it is 800 watts while the big ones that go 1200 or more rpms are closer to 1000 watts so it is still a better choice. I know this is the direction that is best for me and my family that is why I spent the extra money and got the one I did. I have been doing a lot of research on juicing from watching documentaries to reading books and talking to people who already do it. Don’t feel like you need to run out and buy the most expensive juicer you can find to get a good one. Some of the crazy expensive ones are way too fast. Reaching speeds of 13,000 rpms. No that is not a typo. Starting small is just fine and probably better for more people.

Happy Juicer hunting! I am here if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to comment.


America, Your Insecurities Are Showing

For a very long time now it seems that we have been bombarded with negative opinions and rants, usually about something someone else did. I have been known to rant a little myself, about things that I believe to my very core. About common sense things that weren’t common to other people. For instance I believe that putting your newborn in bed with your eight and twelve-year-old for the night is not safe. There are perfectly safe ways to co-sleep. That is not among them. And a baby died because of it. As if that is not enough the baby’s sibling has to live with the guilt for the rest of their life. I would ask what they were thinking but they clearly were not.

What I am talking about right now however, are people getting mad about how other people are living. Choices they make in parenting (not dangerous choices but normal parenting, breastfeeding vs bottle those kinds of things) and religion or any walk of life really. Parenting and religion just stick out because people get so angry about them and they are such personal decisions.

What happened to live and let live? Why are people getting angry at mothers who decide to breastfeed or bottle feed? Why is it any of their business? Oh right, it’s NOT! Why are atheists so offended by people with faith? That one really gets me. They don’t want there to be a Nativity out in town around Christmas but they need a sign that says there is no god in front of the town hall. That was on the news a year or two ago and I was just blown out of the water by the hypocrisy of it never mind the stupidity. If you don’t believe that is fine and not wanting someone on your stoop preaching to you is fine. I personally find that can’t get mad at people of different religions who honestly believe they are going to save your eternal soul. I mean getting mad at them is like when Mr. Incredible gets sued for saving people. They are trying to save you and literally have your best interest at heart. So I can’t get mad at them. I don’t really listen to them either, I am of the turn out the lights and pretend you are not home persuasion personally.

I thought this was a free nation. I thought people were allowed to live as they saw fit here. Freedom of religion, the freedom to pursue happiness, freedom of speech. These are what we promise but as soon as you try to do anything you are attacked. If you bottle feed you are a bad mother, if you breastfeed you can’t feed your child in public for fear of someone yelling at you or kicking you out. And don’t tell me they just need to cover up either because plenty of people still have a problem with it. A friend of mine whose husband was in the Marines had a man complain when she fed her daughter in the airport. She was completely covered with a blanket even though it was extremely hot out, there was a mother who planned ahead and did everything she could, short of starving her child, to make everyone happy and she was still made to feel badly. On a slightly separate note if a baby is attached to a boob it’s a food source not a sex object, if you can’t figure that out you have bigger issues and should keep your mouth shut.

Once you get through the breast vs bottle stage then everyone is telling you, you need to send you child today care, they should be potty trained by now, you cannot homeschool, how could you send your child to public school?

Why do they care? Why can’t people just shut up? Or better yet be supportive! There’s a twist for you! Give being a community people want to be a part of a try? What I think it comes down to is other people’s insecurities. But again why do you care? If you wish you could send your kids to a better school but public school is all you can manage that is the best you can do for your child and that is fine! You do what you can. If you went t public school and think that is fine for your child that’s excellent. Go for it! Have fun. They are your kids, but when your sister in-law decides to homeschool because she believes it’s what is best for her kids and she is a stay at home mom anyway don’t try to make her feel bad or make points that are not even valid. Homeschooling and socialization do the research I dare you. That doesn’t mean that you should not ask questions, ask away start a conversation, a friendly conversation.

I am not saying don’t speak up for what you believe in, I am saying don’t judge other people’s beliefs. Don’t hate someone because they are gay or christian or black or white or a co-sleeper or a parent who lets their child “cry it out” Everyone is different and everyone needs to make their own decisions. Not to go all biblical on you or anything but Love Thy Neighbor, or for the atheists among you I will go Bambi on you, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And loosen up please. Everyone is so serious like every situation is life or death. If the situation is life or death, please speak up even if they end up hating you for a little while sometimes it is necessary and almost always worth it. For the sake of scale, your friend putting their child in a car seat with their winter coat on could be a life or death situation, only fleece and blankets please! Fleece will not compress in the event of an accident. On the other end of the scale we have homeschool vs public school not life or death. Homeschool is not prison and public school is there to provide an education and is a perfect valid choice.

So this ended up as a bit of a rant. Ha ha. I just wish everyone was kind and accepting of one another and I know that is impossible but we can try anyway. At least be accepting of your family. As long as they are not endangering anyone or themselves and even then you should still be nice and approach the subject carefully so they come out of it thinking of change and not how much they hate you lol. Not really funny but you get the point. 🙂

Just noticed I have a ranting category haha

Ok there was a funny movie clip I wanted to attach to this but I can’t find one with that part of the movie, go figure. Anyway the movie is Hit & Run with Dax Shepard and Kristin Bell. There are several parts in the movie where a character will lash out at another and then proceed to apologize and say they were just embarrassed. The reason I wanted to add that is because it’s funny first of all but also because it’s true. Hit and Run is on Netflix and youtube though you may have to pay for it on youtube I do not know.


It’s Ranting Time: Speaking To High School Grads About The Future

There is absolutely no need to look a wide-eyed high school grad in the eye ask them about their dreams and stomp those dreams into the ground before they even finish telling you about them. None. Ever.

YES money is important to a degree. You need money for rent, food and the other necessities of life. What you don’t need is to waste your life chasing money. If you want to get married and have ten kids go ahead! If you love to draw, build up a portfolio and have an open house. Don’t quite your day job, but try. Figure out a way. If you are good and not squeamish, try tattooing or art restoration at a museum. If you like photography give it a shot learn what you can master the craft.

If you have an amazing story to tell, sit your butt down and tell it. If no one wants to represent your master piece publish it yourself! That’s an option now! Just do it. Figure out what makes you happy and just get out there and do it. If you have a dream DO NOT let anyone and I mean anyone stop you. Like I said, don’t quit your day job, you do need to survive to make your dreams come true but don’t let that define you or hold you back. I grew up with miserable parents working themselves to the bone trying to make ends meet. My mother used to write these amazing children’s stories about a frog and I loved them. What happened to those? Life. My father is one of the most creative and talented individuals I have ever met. You want it he can figure out how to make if he hasn’t already, but he doesn’t have much time for what he loves.

My mom is going to nursing school and I hope that makes her happy. She seems to always be chasing happiness.

A lot of people thought I could make it in the fields that I found interesting and as a result I began to think I couldn’t do anything if there wasn’t a huge pay out at the end. So I sat on my butt for a year until I got pregnant and then looking at this beautiful baby I thought, “I cannot let him think like that. He can do anything. It’s my job as a parent to show him its true.”

And to all you nay sayers out there, I ask you this: Do you think Brad Pitt’s parents thought he was going have the success he has had? How about your favorite author? What about those chef’s both on TV and in the big restaurants?

No not everyone will make it and certainly not on their first try but that is no reason to think they never will. I also know that a lot of people who love the aforementioned high school grad feel that they are some how protecting their loved one by saying these things. Because it is from love I will try to go easier on you. You might have just crushed their little blooming spirit. It takes a lot to revive a crushed spirit. Most of them are completely lost. Give encouragement and remind them about the importance of a day job.

I also understand people wanting their children to move out at some point in their adult lives. Again the day job comes to mind.

If my book is a complete flop, and I sincerely hope it is not, but if it is, I will try again and again. I will be a little bit disappointed but honestly I like to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Give them that advice. Day job and hope for the best prepare for the worst. The two best pieces of advice I have ever received.

So to all the high school grads out there. Remember that your parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles love you. Remember if you have a dream to include your plan for a day job in how you go about achieving it and don’t let anyone discourage you. Find a way and most importantly be happy.


Teething Baby Vs Terrible Two’s Toddler Round One DING!

The Teething baby opens strong with a cry so fierce he begins to choke!

But the Terrible Two’s Toddler is not one to be defeated as he yells at the Baby resulting in a stern talking to.

He tries a different approach and plays with the Baby as Mom gets his breakfast ready. He even succeeds in making the Teething Baby laugh! Could it be over already?

No! The Teething Baby sees mom coming around the corner with breakfast and begins to wail once again!

The Toddler is trying a sneak attack by watching TV quietly as Mom tries to feed the Baby.

The Teething Baby refuses to be happy as he cries between every bite!

Breakfast is gone and Mom tries giving the baby puffs to feed himself.

It seems to be working until Mom enters the room again and the cries start all over.

The toddler is still trying to be good and politely asks for a cup of Milk.

Once the milk is received Mom takes the baby and puts him down for a nap!

The Toddler wins by a mile as he and Mom relax and watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates!!!


The “Not a Real Job” Issue

My last post was titled The Downside to Not Having a “Real Job”, as a result I felt the need to repeat what many stay at home moms have said before me. This is a very real job. And as I have said to my husband time and time again. He could not afford to pay someone to do what I do. He would need a maid, a nanny, a chauffeur, and a prostitute. That last one was a joke…. I hope.