The Bucket List

Natalie Hill is a local 15 year old girl who had already lost her leg to cancer and now the cancer is back but in her lungs this time. She has been told that her life is coming to an end. She has made a Bucket List. The list consists of things like: pet a tiger, buy something from Gucci, work at Dutch bros for a day, shoot hoops in the Rose Garden with the Blazers, be on a TV show, get a tattoo, eat sushi, ride in a limo, have a boy sneak through her window, see a shooting star… Our community has been helping her mark things off her list. I am part of a fundraiser trying to raise money so Natalie can take her family on a trip to Boston(her favorite place) or Hawaii (both things on her list) once she gets done with this next round of chemo. I am donating my 20% commission from sales that are placed on my website under the Natalie Hill fundraiser event. Please visit my Perfectly Posh website and help this girl with one of her dreams. Be sure to unclick the ship to host! All hostess rewards will go to Natalie as well. Natalie wants just be able to go back to high school.

A new year!

Well a new year is about to begin. Yes, I know it is September not January but a new school year! ugh Now this isn’t our first year of school for my oldest but it is the first year she is attending all day!!!Which means that this is the first year that we will not be eating lunch as a family!(at least it is only 4 days a week, since they shortened the school week here) We are lucky, you see. Daddy is able to come home for lunch almost everyday, and we eat our lunch together as one big family! I know most people are not lucky enough to get to enjoy this special treat, but we really lucked out. This year though, it is all changing. I don’t know if I really like this! Eating our lunch without our P.A. an uncomfortable feeling! She having to eat her lunch with strangers! poor thing! So I got her, her own insulated lunch bag personalized just for her (from Thirty-one) and some reusable food baggies (from a local craft vendor) So I can send her homemade lunch with her! Knowing that she will be able to enjoy the food she is used to eating, makes me feel a little better! Of course that opens up a whole new thing! This will also be the start of P.A. seeing all the things that other kids have in their lunches! Like the dreaded lunchables! and candy and fruit snacks and twinkies and juice and whatever else people send their kids to school with, that as of yet my children don’t even know exist! How can I compete with all that? How do I answer the question of “Why cant you buy me that?” Do I say “Because I love you!” “Because I would rather just give you a bowl of sugar and some lard!” So a challenge has begun! I have asked other moms about what they send with their kids and looked over lots of website/blogs. I have put together a calendar listing what I am going to send with P.A. for lunch. That way I am not in a last minute crunch! So some of you may say that I have over thought this but thats how I work! After all being prepared for these kinds of things is just another day in the life of a mom.

List of lunch ideas!!!
-Celery w/real peanut butter
-Mixed nuts
-100% all natural fruit leather
-homemade breads (zucchini, banana)
-pretzels
-black beans( my girls love them)
-homemade lunchable(crackers/triscuits, real meat, real cheese(not that over processed stuff)
-tuna and crackers (home canned albacore tuna-yep we are spoiled)
-homemade stews and soups
-fruit (fresh and raisins)
-veggie sticks w/dip
-hard boiled egg
-peas and sliced steamed carrots w/brown rice
-cheese quesadillas
-leftovers!!!
-homemade jello (unflavored gelatin with added fruit and 100% juices)
-real peanut butter sandwich w/100% real fruit spread
-homemade breaded chicken strips w/dip (all natural chicken strips breaded and baked)
-mini pizza(english muffin, homemade pizza sauce, cheese, sausage, olives)
-chicken and rice w/peas
-wraps
-yogurt(plain w/added honey and fresh fruit)

Please feel free to share any healthy lunch ideas you have!

The Alarm Clock

“Mommy, you have to get up now!” The all too familiar sound of the alarm clock. You know the sound. True, for some it is the annoying sound of an insistent beep or maybe the blaring radio, reminding you that another day has begun and you must rise and shine, as they say. But for me it comes to the tune of a whiny three-year old reminding me that yes, another day has begun. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, my alarm clock goes off, without fail. So as you all know, I have to rise and shine and begin my day. Three cups of juice, a diaper change, breakfast number one and two!( yes my girls like to eat!) God Bless Dora the explorer for giving me a break for a quick shower! Of course, I don’t think I have made it through a whole shower without someone talking to me on the other side of the curtain. I take it in stride, knowing that once I feed them lunch at least one of them is taking a nap! Oh nap time!!! What a wonderful time of day! Short lived though! I have been here before, you know the place. The place in time when your sweet napping baby stops taking those naps! Oh yes, I know my days are numbered. At least I still have bedtime! Yes bedtime. The time in which I can kiss all my sweet girls goodnight and catch a few moments for myself and my hubby. So as the day goes on there is laundry and more diapers and dishes and sweeping the floor for the fourth time and diapers and screaming and arguing. When the occasional person is brave enough to come visit, they always wonder how I can handle the decibel at which my children play. I just answer with “After awhile, you don’t even hear it.” To be honest when that rare occasion happens upon me and I find myself home alone, I find myself sitting on the couch just starting off into space. It is actually kind of an uncomfortable feeling, “good” thing it doesn’t happen often. When I only had one child, I would frequent the grocery store during daytime hours. When I had two those trips became less frequent. Once I had girl number three those trips become scarce! Now I wait until bedtime or at least until Daddy is home. My husband wonders why it takes me so long at the grocery store. Well, I have a lot of groceries to buy! That and to be honest, I walk a little slow and tend to wonder. Now, I know what your thinking, but I will grab time for myself whenever possible. I deserve it! Even if that time is wandering aimlessly through Wal-mart staring at amazement at what people will wear out in public. I know my day may not sound to fascinating to you. Although I am sure some of you can relate. It is just another day in the life of a mom.

Why I eat chocolate!

Let me introduce myself and tell you why I eat chocolate. I am a mommy of three. Three girls under the age of 6. I am fortunately lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mommy. Those of you that are also “fortunate enough” to be stay-at-home mommies, know where I am coming from when I say “fortunately lucky enough”. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my girls! I love my husband! I wouldn’t change anything about that part of my life. I’m not going to lie and say that I am the “worlds best mother/houskeeper/wife” but I get the job done! I make sure my girls are cared for, dressed, fed and bathed. I make sure my husband gets to work on time and wearing clothes that are not wrinkled and a hot meal for him when he comes home for lunch and dinner. I see to it that their needs and wants are met. Where I fall short is making sure all of my needs are met. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t  “go without”  when it comes to most things. I don’t go hungry or anything like that. In fact some would say that I am spoiled.  Where I fall short is making sure I make time for myself. For the things that I want to do. So when I asked myself “What do you want to do?” I didn’t really know how to answer. I had to think about it. Now I have to tell you about my grandmother. She is a wonderful catholic woman and mother of 7. Yes 7. Her oldest started college the same year that her youngest started kindergarten (my mother is number 3 on that list). She told me once that my Uncle C. used to be able to climb a flat wall. That would stress the patience of even a saint like my grandmother. One day I asked her how she got through all those years of raising so many kids (without loosing her mind) when I struggle with  raising just 3. Her reply was “I used to hide in the bathroom and eat chocolate.” Hmmm I thought, I can relate. So back to my question, “What do I want to do?”,  I began thinking, what can I do that would save my sanity? I figured I needed to find my “chocolate” and my “bathroom”. Enter Dove Chocolate Discoveries (aka. my chocolate) yes I know my “chocolate” was just that, chocolate! But my “bathroom” is tasting parties with girlfriends where I get to share chocolate, let my hair down, spend time away from kids, make a little money and yes, save my sanity. That may not sound like what you would want to do with your “free time” but it works for me.  Now whatever your  “chocolate” is and wherever your “bathroom” may be, you need to escape from your mommy/wifey world and take care of your needs. 

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