Wordful Wednesday

This past Sunday Brian 'Head' Welch (former member of KoRn) was our guest at church! His story is truly amazing and inspirational. You can hear his testimony below:
Despite probably being exhausted after traveling and speaking at 5 services in 2 days, Brian was kind of enough to do a meet & greet. I am a fan of old school Korn, so I was pretty stoked to meet him. :)

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Tasty Tuesday

Yesterday my mom texted me a picture of the cutest Halloween cupcakes. Since I didn't have the instructions, I decided to wing it. In place of the cupcakes, I decided to use pumpkin muffins instead (recipe found below).

For jack-o-latern muffins:
Bake muffins as directed and allow to cool. Once muffins are cool, cut the tops off to create a flat surface. Place 2  muffins on top of each other (flat sides touching), then insert large pretzel through the top. Make sure to insert pretzel deep enough into both muffins to secure them together.  Next, decorate the cupcakes or muffins with frosting, glaze, sprinkles, or whatever your heart desires and ENJOY!

1 cup raisins
3 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose
2-2/3 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
4 eggs
5/8 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease three 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper muffin liners. Soak raisins in hot water for ten minutes to plump, then drain.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce, until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Stir the raisins and walnuts into the batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Tip-a-licious Thursday

Becoming a Stay-at-Home Dad: 5 Things You Need to Know
By Marc Courtiol

A growing number of new parents are bucking traditional gender roles by having the mom go out to work while the dad stays home and takes care of the baby. The Hollywood image of stay-at-home dads tends to portray a bumbling oaf who cannot do anything right, feeds the baby soda, and watches sports while the baby gets into dangerous things, but this is clearly unfair to many modern dads who are engaged as equal partners in the process from the time when the baby is just a distant dream. Stay-at-home dads can be just as attentive and caring as moms, and though there is still at least a little stigma attached to the role, the life can be perfectly healthy and rewarding for the whole family.

Being a stay-at-home dad does come with unique challenges, however. If you are a dad whose baby is imminent or has just arrived and you plan to be the primary caregiver while your spouse is at work, here are some things you will need to know.

1. All stay-at-home parents have mixed feelings about it. Today, both dads and moms are expected to work hard throughout their adult lives to advance their careers and make a decent living. With this sort of pressure hanging over one's head, it is perfectly normal to feel as if you are not contributing if you do not have a traditional money-paying job. Of course you know that caring for a child is a job in its own right, but this does not always provide comfort. Just know that you are not the only one with these feelings. Many stay-at-home parents of both genders wrestle with this.

2. Do not expect to have much time for home-based work. Many stay-at-home parents of babies are able to do some home-based work during the infant and toddler years, but you cannot expect to find enough time to make a full-time income. Children in their first year need constant care and attention, and then toddlers demand your time in a whole different set of ways. You might be able to do some time-limited freelance work—or whatever you have going at home—but both you and your partner should understand that you are not going to be an equal breadwinner during this stage of your family's life.

3. Finding others in your situation can be hard. For mothers, finding other stay-at-home moms is relatively easy. It is just a matter of visiting the playground regularly. Dads will come across other stay-at-home dads from time to time, but the numbers are far lower. If you want to make friends with others like you, you might have to take extra measures, such as joining a meetup group, visiting a local playgroup with your child, or putting out ads or fliers in your community for other dads seeking dad-baby social experiences.

4. Getting out is important. For any stay-at-home parent, cabin fever can set in fast if you do not make an effort to take the baby out every day, or at least on days when the weather allows it, and also to get out on your own sometimes. Over time, a sense of isolation can set in. Even if you have a good partner, much of your conversation will revolve around the baby, and you may come to feel like being a dad is the only thing you have going on in life. So, even though you may feel strapped for time, find at least a couple of hours every week to get out and do something that reminds you that you have an identity bigger than just being a dad.

5. Know that it gets easier. Whether you are starting mere days after the child is born, when your spouse's maternity leave ends, or sometime thereafter, your new role will be difficult at first. There is no getting around it. But eventually, you will come to appreciate many things about your life. For instance, you will develop a closeness with your child that many new dads do not get to enjoy, you will not have to deal with the sorts of pressures that you would face in a workplace, and if you do a good job (which you will), your daddy skills will make you irresistible to your wife (once she gets past the hormonally chaotic months following childbirth). Soon you will wonder why you were ever daunted by this challenge, and you may even come to dread the idea of going back to work.

About Marc Courtiol: Marc Courtiol is an accomplished health researcher in the field of natural wellness. A graduate from Cornell, Marc is a contributing author for severalonline journal sites and believes in the many uses of gripe water.
Frugalicious Mommy Disclaimer: This is a guest post written by the author above. No monetary compensation was received.  

Wordful Wednesday

I am so happy to announce that I am a college graduate! 

I swear it took me forever to obtain my B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration BUT I finally did it.  The wonderful thing about my commencement ceremony was the fact that I was able to walk with my husband, who earned a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. 

I am so very proud of us!
Woohoo to Class of 2012! I will be sharing more pictures of our trip next week. 

Tasty Tuesday

Last night the kids and I were craving baked potato soup. I was not in the mood for anything super heavy, so I searched for healthier alternatives. We decided to try the Baked Potato Soup recipe from Skinny Taste.

This recipe was delicious! 
I will definitely use this recipe again because it has all the flavor of a baked potato but without the guilt. Check out the recipe to see what I'm taking about. 

Freebie Friday (10/12/12)

This week has been such a blur to me. I swear I have way too many appointments scheduled. I am so thankful that today is Friday. For the past two weeks, Fridays have been pretty exciting for our family because we get to attend our weekly church group. You may be picturing a group of people (almost like a cult) quoting scripture and singing 'Hallelujah' but our church group is nothing like that. Haha. We just hang out, eat, share stories, and encourage each other to be more like Christ. It's relaxing. 

I hope all of you have an awesome night as well. Let's start things off right with some freebies!



Quick CVS Trip 10/12

Today I decided to stop by CVS to purchase a few things I desperately needed. Here is a breakdown of my transactions:

Transaction #1
Schick Hyrdo Silk Razor $12.49
Schick Hydro Blades 4ct $16.79
(2) Stride I.D. Spearmint Gum $1.49 each
Total= $32.26
-20% off CVS Coupon (check your email! Expires 10/14)
 -$6.00 off 1 Schick Hydro Silk Refill
-B1G1 Stride ID Gum 09/16/2012 SS Insert (exp 11/10/2012)
-$5 ECB
OOP= $.02 and earned $8 ECB from Schick razor and refill
Note: Just realized that the cashier deducted $12.99 for the razor instead of $12.49.

Transaction #2
Dove Beauty Bar 2pk $3
CVS Training Pants $7.99
(2) Dove Go Fresh Body Wash $6 each
Total= $22.99
-(2) $2/1 Dove Body Wash, 18 oz+ 09/30/2012 RP Insert (exp 10/28/2012)
-.50 leftover on a giftcard
-$3 Birthday ECB
-$8 ECB from transaction #1
OOP= $7.49+tax, earned $5 ECB from Dove products

Tip-a-licious Thursday

Homework Headaches? 6 Tips for Parents of Young Children
By Lisa Pecos

Few children are predisposed to diving into homework with enthusiasm. Most have to be taught the discipline and sense of duty required to stay on task and get the often boring work done on time. Teachers can only do so much. When it comes to instilling good school habits at home, parents must play an active, hands-on role. Some children take to it better than others, but in any case, good parents stay informed of their children's homework activities and provide whatever pressure is needed to make sure it gets done.

1. Get organized: Create a system in your household for keeping track of all homework. There are a few ways to do this, but perhaps the best option is to have a homework notepad in a common area of your house such as the kitchen. When your child gets home from school, have him or her write all the day's homework tasks. Later, cross them off when they're completed. Or, if you think your child has the discipline, have him or her bring a special notepad to school to write down all homework assignments as they are given.

2. Use big-picture rewards: If you reward your child for every homework task completed or for each successful day of homework, this will send the message that homework is not a valuable activity in itself. So instead of giving many short-term rewards, reward your child for good grades at the end of the term.

3. Make it a family activity: Set a time every evening for each member of the household to settle down with some quiet, studious activity. (If one parent has other things to do, it is fine if only one parent is there.) Make sure the study area is without distractions, and settle down with a book or something of your own to study. Another benefit of this family study time is that you are immediately available if your child needs homework help.

4. Cultivate self-discipline: Early in your child's homework life, you might have to take a heavier hand in getting him or her to sit down quietly and perform the work. As your child grows, however, try to back off a little bit. Instead of constantly reminding your child that homework time is approaching or that there are still homework tasks on the table, wait to see if he or she takes the initiative. If it does not seem like this is going to happen, then you can step in and exert parental authority.

5. Divide subjects: If you and your spouse are both available for homework help, divide up your child's subjects. This way, you can each have your areas of expertise, and the help you provide will be better informed. If this is your strategy, make sure your child's homework time occurs when both parents are usually available.

6. Know when to seek help: Parents cannot know everything, and there is a good chance you have forgotten much of what you learned during your own school days. If your child is struggling with a subject and you don't feel you are qualified to provide the help he or she needs, be aware that there are plenty of options. Start by talking to your child's teacher and school officials to see if there are any tutoring options available through the school. If not, you should be able to find many private tutoring services, plus many individuals willing to help. And you can always ask friends and family members who have expertise in relevant areas.

Lisa Pecos is a wife and well accomplished writer on natural remedies and natural approaches to family health. She's written numerous articles for Natural Health Journals.com, Parenting Journals.com and Baby Care Journals.com.
Frugalicious Mommy Disclaimer: This is a guest post written by the author above. No monetary compensation was received. 

Wordful Wednesday

As you may know, I have had an eventful couple of months. You can read about it here. I am so happy to report that things are better. Let me give you a quick rundown....

My son's recovery from his tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy went well. He is back to being a boy - running, jumping, and busting out karate moves! In the midst of all our craziness, I somehow managed to find a babysitter & an outfit for my husband's Khaki Ball. We had a wonderful night and were able to socialize with other adults with no children present. Fun stuff! 

During the month of September, our oldest child turned 13 and our youngest turned 3. Wow, time is going by way too fast! Those birthdays were followed by more birthdays - my nephew celebrated his 2nd birthday, my husband celebrated his 29th, and my mom celebrated her ?? (I think her 21st. LOL).

Pheeeew! I'm exhausted but that's not it for us. Now my husband and I are planning a trip out-of-state to attend our commencement ceremony. We are both graduating with our Bachelor's Degree! It's so awesome that my husband and I graduated high school together and now we are graduating from college together. Gosh I love this man and the family we have created. Life is good. 

Oh...and we're looking forward to attending this event at our church! 

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Tasty Tuesday

If you love orange chicken, then you have to try this recipe! It is so delicious and cheap to make. Honestly, I have no clue why my chicken came out looking different then the picture displayed with the recipe. Oh well! The flavor was all there!

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