Happy National Ferret Day!

We bought a ferret!!

Just kidding… we went to Petco in search of a Ferret! For National Ferret Day of course!

It wasn’t a very exciting ferret as you can see… sleeping…

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But thankfully there were lots of other fun things to look at…like rats and mice…

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The boys loved it. I knew Jeff would have a good time but I didn’t realize how much Jack would like it too.

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Their favorite was the turtle… it was pretty cute seeing them peeking over the edge of the cart together!

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And of course we had to see the fishes!

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It was also PB & J day so we went home for a “toasted” PB & J sandwich with chicken and star soup.

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Jeffrey made his own…

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I told him he could dip his sandwich in the soup… he may have misunderstood… I turned around to the comment, “I think this is enough…” and his soup was on his sandwich!

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In the afternoon we celebrated International Children’s Book Day… reading Have You Seen My Dragon?

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I recently discovered Crayola.com has free printable coloring pages so we colored a dragon together.

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Avocado Black Bean Breakfast Taco

Today I made two meals out of shredded beef taco leftovers. Dinner turned out OK but breakfast was divine! It was hard stopping at one!

DSC_0649Avocado Black Bean Breakfast Taco
Very Slightly Adapted from Pretty.Good.Food.
Ingredients
4 eggs
4 corn tortillas
15 oz. can black beans
2 Tablespoons of diced jalapeños
1 garlic clove, minced
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
Butter or oil for frying the eggs
Salt & Pepper, to taste
2 Ripe avocados, sliced or diced
Cheese (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Over medium/low heat, add black beans (slightly drained), jalapeños, garlic, cumin and salt to a small saucepan. Cover and let simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes.

In a large frying pan, warm up your tortillas over medium heat and set aside.

In the same pan, heat butter (or oil) over medium heat. Add your eggs and fry them up to your liking.

With a slotted spoon, add about a 1/2 cup of beans to the warmed tortilla, top with egg, half an avocado and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. And if you are like me… sprinkle a little cheddar cheese over the top.

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I made Jeffrey an egg and he wanted to sit in Jack’s Bumbo. What a goof!

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As for dinner I made a Slow Cooker Enchilada Beef Stew… only I didn’t make it in a crockpot.

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I had to improvise by using pureed diced tomatoes instead of enchilada sauce – so I will just let you click the link through to the original recipe because it probably tastes better.

Caleb and I aren’t big stew eaters so I can’t say I would make it again.

We topped ours with homemade tortilla strips, sour cream and avocado.

And I have discovered Jack loves avocado!

DSC_0659I’ve been the only one to like avocado but not anymore… Jack is even eating out of his special BPA free Avocado Bowl…

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And after all that eating he fell asleep at 5:45 for the night… I better get to sleep in case he wakes up at 4am!

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National Lips Appreciation Day

National Lips Appreciation Day… hmm… what do you do with that?  Besides kissing…

Read about lips!

Fact: You’re lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body – right up there with the hands.

So why not have some cold ice cream for those lips?

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Since today was Dairy Queen’s 75th Anniversary they were giving out free ice cream cones – what a perfect lip celebration!

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There’s nothing like free ice cream!

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Cute little ice cream lips!

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And funny little ice cream faces!

And why not end the day with a little chapstick humor because “my lips hurt real bad!”

 

Rainy Day Fun

I’m always trying to come up with fun and inexpensive little things to do with our boys. My biggest goal as a mother is to create a home filled with joy, laughter, a positive outlook on life and a thankfulness for the little things.

I have been getting better at planning our weekends so we don’t waste time figuring out “what to do.” It’s amazing how much time passes when you are debating if you should go somewhere and if you do then where…. blah blah…

Since Sunday is our family day we typically avoid running errands and just enjoy being together.

Today was a lovely rainy Sunday so I thought we needed to have some fun in it.

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After church and before we all slipped our feet into rain boots I thought I would introduce my boys to a clip of their first old musical!

One of my favorite movies is Singin’ In the Rain with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reyolds. There is something about those old songs that have stuck in my head for years and this one, of course, pops into my head with EVERY single rainy day.

Since it was a perfect day for some “Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain” we headed out on a little walk in search of puddles to jump in!

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I wanted Jack to be able to swish his feet around in the water but we didn’t have any boots for him… so he just got to look cute and watch big brother.

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Look at them in their adorable matching fireman rain jackets!

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They had fun on our little adventure but Jeffrey was definitely ready to cozy up on the couch and watch Baymax (Big Hero 6).

Cheap Cloth Diapering?

With Jeffrey, my 2.5 year old, I tried doing the whole cloth diapering system. I hated it. Having to do anything with poopy diapers beyond tossing them in the trash was not my thing. Funny enough my husband REALLY wanted to stick with cloth – and yes he does change diapers!

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I had a couple nice expensive diaper covers and then a few cheaper ones off Ebay (from China). I could never get the cloth part put together right and they would leak. So I gave up – kept my non-stained cloth diapers for future baby burp rags and sold everything else.

Fast forward to present day – 9 month old Jack.

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I had planned to stick with disposable because it’s convenient but we are budgeting the Dave Ramsey way (which I highly recommend) and diapers really add up!

I know in the long run cloth diapering saves a lot of money but it sure feels like you have to spend a fortune on all the needed supplies – like fancy cute covers and inserts – before you start seeing the benefits.

Then my mom was at the store and called me, “they have all the cloth diapering stuff here I used with you as a baby”… 27 years ago. What brand? Gerber! Hmm.. those are not worthy of my babies bottom…

Wait… Inexpensive? We have ourselves a deal. Bring on the cloth diapering.

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I am here to tell all you parents debating this issue (there’s got to be at least one of you out there) – struggling with the idea of spending so much on fancy covers – plain, boring, white Gerber covers work splendid. And Jack plays just as easily as he did before… just has a little more cushion, that’s all!

I use these Gerber pre-folds (they are a thinner gauze), these thicker pre-folds, and these Gerber plastic covers (cheaper at Wal-mart than Amazon). You can use old-fashioned diaper safety pins or these Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners (which I love so the little extra expense is worth it in this instance).

I like the kite fold best and then use a thick pre-fold for extra protection.

DSC_0389 Here is a video of how to do a kite fold.

Cloth has won me over – just as long as I have rubber gloves for the poopy situations!

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Isn’t he darn cute? It’s the baby that makes the diaper… not the other way around!