SUMMER IS COMING FAST!!!
Get a head start on those fun end of school gifts!
SUPER easy summer class gifts for any age!
Kool Aid, Popsicles, & Crazy Straws!
In light of some recent real life discussions off the internets….here’s a repost from 2014 for your enjoyment on the internets…
Daynie begs me on the daily for internet or texting on her phone. (she doesn’t have a phone…my kids have our old phones with no service that we make them call “iPods”)
Poor kid…she will probably be the last kid in her grade to have a phone with interent…if she ever gets it.
Yes..I’m one of THOSE moms.
I know the world is a-changing and kids with phones and Instagrams and Facebooks is now the norm….but I’m just not down yet.
Believe me…my kids are in no way deprived. $100 pair of Miss Me’s because all the girls have them? DONE. Retarded crazy band loom kit because all the kids at school play with them at recess? NO PROB.
Unlimited unsupervised access to the Devil’s realm aka the internet? NO WAY JOSE.
Nope. Not ganna happen.
There’s a whole lotta kids at Daynie’s school and in her grade that have phones or iPods with access to the internet. And judging by what I’ve seen….a whole lot unsupervised.
She has a couple of friends that actually follow ME on Instagram. They are actually some of the first to “like” my stuff. And if you follow me you totally know I have NO FILTER.
I don’t believe I should have to censor myself because their parents don’t monitor who they follow. My Instagram is an extension of my blog. ON THE INTERNET. These kids in real life have never heard me say a cuss word. If they are following me doing or saying GROWN UP things on the internet…that is the responsibility of the parents…not me.
Side not then off my rant….I actually never think twice when I post…I just post whatever I feel because it’s MY IG….except one time back at Christmas…there was this funny eCard.
I went to post it on my IG and actually stopped myself because I knew some of Daynie’s friends followed me and I didn’t want to ruin the magic of Christmas & Santa & the elves for them. LOLOLOL.
See the logic there? I don’t give a shit about cussing and letting my crazy fly but I’m sure as hell not going to ruin that damn elf for them. Hahahaha.
Back to the internets. My kids “iPads” & iPods are locked down like prison. Disney & Temple Run are as cool as they get.
For all you folks with a little older kids…you REALLY need to check out this article on dangerous apps.
Most apps seem so harmless….and being immature little humans…they don’t understand the gravity of these situations. That’s why it’s our job as parents to be on top of this shit and monitor the hell out of our kids and their stuff!
Like Instagram…seems so simple & legit….I see these teeny boppers that have like 2500 followers. Ummm…WTH??!!?? How do I get some followage like that?? But for real…they can’t possibly know that many people. Little do they know…that hot boy from the next town over that keeps DMing them is really a 50 year old loser pedophile in his mom’s basement using that fake profile to gain access to them.
Are parents even cautioning their kids about this stuff?
I mean damn…I’m shoving before and after pics of meth heads and cigarette lungs in my kids faces every other dang day…
by the time they actually get access to the internet (prob around when they are 21) they will be so sick of me in their ear telling them all the bad stuff they will probably just hand their phones over and say just forget it…we’re sick of listening to you…I’ll go to the library and do my book report on World War III.
What’s a card catalog again?
A little something I’ve done on the side for a few years now is digital design.
I custom design invitations or announcements made to match your theme/design/colors.
I can also add photos.
Be sure to like my Facebook page HERE for updates, specials, ordering info, & lots of samples! I also love to create holiday cards!
and while reading, the quote below really stuck out:
Gather the Goods:
Ranch Seasoning Dry Mix Packet
1 can of Cream of Chicken-plus one can of water as needed (-or- two cans of cream of chicken)
We also love to use cream of mushroom or one of each.
Put your chops in your pot.
Sprinkle on the ranch packet.
Add the cream of chicken.
And cook it on low 4-6 hours depending on how many chops you use.
I put mine on before work at 7 for 8 hours on low and when I come home from work it’s perfect!
The extra “gravy” is great on mashed potatoes & other veggies. You can even use it on rice! My kids love to dip their bread in it!
Can you feel your neck tense up & your body cringe at just the thought of spilled Scentsy?
It literally drives me INSANE. And we have certainly had our fair share at our house.
Just ask my kids….it seriously makes me crazy.
When we moved into our new house, we bought a used little sectional from a friend. It was in excellent condition and even still had the tags on it! The only catch was he spilled Scentsy on one of the end tables and because he was a single guy…he left it there indefinitely.
I actually left it for a few weeks because I had no time and no clue how to tackle it without ruining the wood.
And then my good friend came over & showed me a little secret…
The iron melts the wax and it sticks to the towel.
Seriously so simple you guys!
And here’s a little video of her working her magic!
Chicken can get real old, real quick…so I’m always looking for new recipes to spice it up.
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. In greased glass dish, place the chicken pieces without overlapping. I like to cut mine longways into smaller, thinner pieces.
3. Gather the Goods:
4 large chicken breasts
8 oz cream cheese
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp minced onion
1/2 roasted red bell pepper, cut into small squares
1 cup shredded cheddar
4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 tbsp hot pepper flakes (or more to taste)
(FOR LESS JUST HALF THE RECIPE….This fed a family of 5 with leftovers for lunch!)
4. Mix it up.
Combine: cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, butter, and minced onions.
5. Spread over the chicken evenly.
6. Add stuff on top.
This is where you can sprinkle on the roasted red bell pepper if you so desire. We didn’t desire. It’s not our favorite. BUT FOR SURE add your cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and then red pepper flakes. As you can see I only put red pepper on one side for the adults so I didn’t have to listen to my kids whine.
7. Pop it in the oven & BAKE uncovered for 45 min, until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
8. Let sit 5 min before serving. PS…all the saucy creamy goodness around the chicken is yum on veggies.
CAUTION! This is LONG, lengthy post with LOTS of photos! I had to break it up into several pages (6 total) so when you get to the bottom just hit the next number to go to the next page!
This was one of the most fun, time consuming, & creative parties I’ve thrown to date! I have wanted to do the Alice in Wonderland “Tea Party” theme for a long time. This party was a fun little twist off that. My mom knits & crochets and has been a long time tea lover so I thought it would be fun to mix it up and have a fun theme!