• The Low of Getting Too High

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:49 +0000 I’ve written before that my 12 year old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 3 years ago. It was a tough blow for the entire family. Up until about 7 months ago, we were able to keep her glucose numbers somewhat under control. But as her hormones took over, it became harder and harder. Still we managed to keep her out of the hospital and out of DKA. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin. In December, she went…

  • I’m the Perfect Mom! You Can Be Too!

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:07:06 +0000 I thought I’d share some times where my perfect mom skills were executed seamlessly. It’s not that hard to be the perfect mom. Anyone can do it, with a little perseverance and dedication. “Give a man a fish……” You know the saying. Teach your kids to be self sufficient. You’ll see that my daughter learned at a young age, that she would need to fend for herself. That included climbing the stove to reach for the rotisserie chicken, as well as tip toe butt naked into the kitchen to grab a quick snack. She did this all while I turned my back “for just…

  • Shopping List: Low Carb

    Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:57:39 +0000 I’ve found these three low carb must haves! 1. Chompers by SeaSnax Taste like potato chips. They come in various flavors and the best part is they are only 8 carbs for half the bag! 2. Madhava Agave Syrups The maple tastes like regular pancake syrup. Because they are low-glycemic, it doesn’t make my daughters glucose spike in the morning. Yay for pancakes/waffles in the morning!! 3. gimMe Seaweed Snacks These are so good! They come in small packs and various flavors. They are flavored seaweed. They have a slight nutty flavor. My kids can eat a whole pack each. And I will let…

  • Lights! Camera! Action!

    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:16:16 +0000 No, I’m not talking about filming your next big movie. I’m talking about planning your next party. Yes, party. Long gone are the days of blowing up a few balloons and having a pretty cake. We the people, require themes, candy bars, food stations, save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, gift themes, and a cake that looks like real life objects. Again, this isn’t your ordinary set up. As a momma of 4, and daughter of an Arts N Crafts Queen, I’ve dabbled in hosting elaborate celebrations. I loved the final product. I loved to wow people. But can I be honest? It’s…

  • Ken’s Taco Party!

    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:08:15 +0000 Plan a Kid’s Birthday Party for Under $100! We decided to have a very low key birthday party for my 1 year old. She is the baby of 4 girls, and the more kids you have, the more exhausting it is to plan parties. I wanted to make sure she had something, even if it was small. I also didn’t want to break the bank. I invited her immediate family (cousins, godsisters/brothers, etc). That came up to about 20 people. We didn’t buy any games or arts n crafts. Instead the kids played with the loose balloons and also played with the toys around…

  • Traveling with Tiny!

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:50:00 +0000 Last week I went to Jamaica. But I wasn’t alone. My mother and 11 month old baby girl accompanied me. When I made the decision several months ago to bring the baby, I had a plan. I’d basically keep her attached to my boob the whole flight. I knew it’s what she liked and it would keep her quiet. As we got closer to the trip, I realized that while this baby loved her mama’s boobs, she loved to explore the world too. Crawling and climbing all over the place was her thing. Then she learned to walk at 9 months and my plan…

  • Fam-Tabulous!

    Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:08:00 +0000 Every year for the past couple of years, my family and I take a break from our every day routines. One year we took off of work and school and went ice skating, went to dinner and then went to an event near our home. Last year, we went to West Palm Beach during the Halloween weekend. We laid out on the beach in Miami and even drove down to the Florida Keys. It’s very important for us to break up the monotony of everyday life. I know you’re thinking, “Why is she always talking about taking breaks?” The short answer is, because it’s…

  • The Not So Sweet Life

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:28:00 +0000 For the last few weeks, my mind has been overly concerned with my 12 year olds’ diabetes status. She’s had it for 2 years now, and I just knew it would get easier for me to cope, but I just realized that I’m not even close to coping with it. And sometimes I feel bad because she is the one that has the disease, so how can I not cope with it, but expect her to. On days that she is upset, I try to give her words of encouragement. I tell her things that I am quite sure if someone told me, I’d…

  • Hooo-ray! Easy, DIY Owl Costume!

    It’s almost Halloween and if you’re like me, you may have waited until the last minute to decide what your little will be dressed as. My older kids knew what they wanted to be and we purchased their costumes weeks ago. The baby wasn’t as easy. At first I wanted her to be a chicken, then something else. I kept my eyes glued to Pinterest and just couldn’t find anything. I put my thinking cap on and decided that I’d make her a cute little owl. So off to the craft store we went for everything we needed to make a cute, LOW COST, owl outfit! You’ll need:9 Felt (9”…

  • Boxed.com

    Since school started, I realized just how hard it was to juggle 4 kids and work full time.  My time is stretched so thin, that I am looking for ways to not necessarily cut corners, but find easier ways to do a lot of my routine tasks. Shopping has been my biggest hurdle.  I find myself running to the store almost everyday because I ran out of something.  I make lists but still seem to not have everything I need.  I decided the easiest and cheapest way for me to shop would be online. I’m no stranger to shopping online.  Years ago, I only did my grocery shopping.  Then I…

  • Love Snax Cards

      The ability to express emotion, whether verbally or written, is important for a healthy social and emotional development.  From frustration to jubilation, we teach kids what actions or words are appropriate for those feelings.  Emotion talk is probably one of the hardest ways to convey a persons feelings because sometimes it’s hard to “find the right words”.  Supporting a child’s emotional understanding from day to day is a task that is not just important, but it’s necessary to help them as they grow. As I work to teach my children how to express themselves, imagine my surprise when I came across these LoveSnack cards the other day.  They are affirmation cards…

  • Baby’s First Dentist Visit

    Even though I have 4 children, each “first” is like a new experience for us all.  It’s like everything I thought I remembered from the first 3 flies out of my brain and I find myself scrambling for information on the internet.  Thank goodness for Google, and mommy online groups, and other friends with babies now. The most recent first that we celebrated was the first trip to the dentist!!  I heard that it was suggested to take your child to the dentist before their first birthday, but after talking to our family dentist we opted to wait.  We decided that closer to two was optimal for us.  The dentist…

  • Movie Review: A Wrinkle In Time

    I was always told to be nice to others because you never know what someone is going through. I didn’t think too much of it until I started going through things in my own life.  Even as a teenager, I still harbored negative energy I felt for my father leaving our family years prior.  This negative energy built inside of me for a long time, yet I didn’t realize it.   My bitchy attitude in high school, was simply because I wanted to be that way.  That’s what I had convinced myself.  My mom always told me “boys don’t give you things for nothing”.  Meaning, a gift, a compliment, anything would…

  • Toys R Us Closing sales!

    I grew up with Toys R Us and so it really saddens me to see it go. Ironically, last year I purchased all of my kids gifts online from places like Kohl’s and Amazon. Like many shoppers, it’s not personal… it’s just business. In today’s economy, I need to find bargain prices for the items I buy. And unfortunately, childhood nostalgia isn’t enough to keep me going back. It may sound harsh, but my pockets are protected. I just visited TRU today and these are the current sales. I asked two separate employees when the store would close and got two very different answers. One employee said “we don’t know,…