Its Here Its Here .... Well Soon! Merry Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and the house is full of excitment.
We as a family have kept busy !!
It is always nice to have these moments.


Mom Gone Softie...

I am as strict of a mom as they come. I have set up rules in my house that i expect each of my children to follow to the best of their ability. When said rules are broken then there is a punishment to be had. As each child gets older there is less of a need for disapline for them. I thought it was getting easier and maybe just maybe i would be able to be the "fun" parent. My luck ran short today, and to be honest i am not really sure how to deal with the issue that i am facing. Am i a softie now??
After what happened this past friday the way i look at my children has changed dramatically. I've always loved them and always felt blessed to have them. But realizing that i truly could lose them at any given moment rocked me to the core. Which makes getting frustrated, upset, the dealer of punishments, and the moments of disapointment harder. So here is my problem.

28 Days to a Stress Free Christmas - Tip #23

Tip #23


Over Taking My Home...

I have lived in my home for what seems like forever now. Funny thing is I don't think I am fully unpacked yet. I have let what ever style the previous owner had take over what I wanted my home to feel like. With scattered pictures, ugly paint and not cohesiveness at all, I finally did it. I took my home back!!

A while back I was able to paint almost every wall in my home. I was able to get rid of a really bad green. I knew what my color scheme through out my house would be, it was just a matter of finding the right colors. This took a while. But it happened. We washed down the walls and painted everything with a fresh coat of paint.

28 Tips to a Stress Free Christmas- Tip #15

Tip #15


50's Housewife ... Getting Back On The Horse

I seem to have just stopped. The little experiment that was suppose to be so easy became more than i thought it would be. Tons of people, some who don't even follow my blog, emailed me wanting to know my next step. I have gotten a few emails recently asking if i would start over or continue. After giving it a lot of thought and really thinking through my blogging free time, i am excited to say i will be able to get back to this experiment.

This time it will be a little different though. I have goals that i want to achieve, task that i want to complete, and projects that have been sitting here for what seems like forever. Along with that i want to teach myself a better way of doing my day to day must haves. Cleaning, laundry, meals and budgeting. I can not be who i want with less stress and not running around like a chicken with my head cut off unless i have a better understanding of what it is im trying to achieve. Truth be told, i am not nor do i do all the things a mom/wife should. I make up for it with the things i actually do do but am left with no excuse for the things i don't do.

               So some of the goals that i want to achieve this time around are:
* better time management
* finishing task that i have started
* blogging on a regular bases ( at the very least update regularly)
* take back my home! (cooking cleaning and over all feel of my home)
* become a even better mom
* attend church again
* bring back the values that i once worked so hard for and stop
      living the life everyone else finds acceptable.

So there it is. Keeping it simple this time. Or so i HOPE!

28 Tips to a Stress Free Christmas - Tip #9

Tip #9


Homemade Snowflakes

So this year we wanted to add more homemade decorations to our home.
I thought it would be fun for all the kids to make different kinds of snow flakes.
we did the traditional ones, and even tried the 3d ones.
i thought the came out cute and made our home
even more warmer then before.
Nothing like a child's art to make you smile.
Steps to make a 3d snowflake
steps 1-3
 steps 4-7 (7 is repeating the steps)
 steps 8-10
what you will need: scissors, tape and a stapler.
step 1 - Get a piece of paper cut to an even square. Mine is 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.
step 2 - Fold the paper in half diagonally, point to point.
step 3 - Cut three triangles into the paper not letting tips touch.
step 4 - Open paper, take tips of first piece and tape together.
step 5 - Fold next piece opposite direction.
step 6  - Do same for remaining pieces, doing each one on the opposite side of the last.
step 7 - Repeat for each piece of paper.
step 8 - Bunch three and connect together with a staple.
step 9 - Repeat for second set of three and connect both together.
step 10 - Staple each side to the one next to it with a staple.
Last picture is what it looks like.

28 Days to a Stress Free Christmas - Tip #1

Tip #1


A Few Family Traditions - Christmas Style


Every year i dress up the kids and take pictures of them. 
Some times it gets a little frustrating trying
to get them all to stay still. 
Then after its all said and done i can't help but smile.
 The girls twirl in their dresses and the boy gets all swave.

I love watching them smile laugh and play.

April is getting bigger and bigger each year.

Havanna is a little angle with a beautiful smile.


Tatiana is a dream to look at while she hams up for the camera.

Cristofer, my little man looking all handsome. 

We went and seen Santa.
The kids each asked for one thing. 
Went to lunch and came home to watch Christmas movies.
Wrote our notes to Santa and sent them off.

Went elf searching when we learned our letters had been picked up
then colored a few Christmas pages before bed.
Nothing beats Christmas family traditions.


Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Today is the day you gather with family, enjoy catching 
up with each other and have a delicious meal.
Today you are reminded of what you are 
thankful for. Give thanks for not only what you have
but also for the things you have been spared. 
Life is short we are given one and we should count our blessing
and be thankful not only today but everyday.

Enjoy you family and friends this holiday!
Be safe and encourage lots of smiles.

This month my children and I did a few different activities 
and talked about what thanksgiving is all about. 
We took the time to list out the things we are thankful for
and had fun making projects showcasing just those things.
It always amazes me what my kids are thankful for. 
I am very proud that they have a good understanding 
of what thankfulness is. 

One of the projects we did. 
Super fun learning about 
all of what they are thankful for.


28 Tips to a Stress Free Christmas

Last year I started this stress free tips. 
Due to time constraints I was not able to keep up to it.
Because of all the emails asking for me to do this again,
I am bringing it back and completing it this year. 

Starting the 26th of Nov. look for the stress free post helping you 
through this holiday season. Some of the 
more helpful post from last year will be posted again 
with some new tips added in.


Mom's Can Be Difficult To

I am who I am and NOT what I look like!!
     Have you ever gotten tired of others questioning you? Well I have. The fact is, no matter where I go or how tame I try to make myself I stand out. Guess what?? I don't care. I am always asked what I consider my "fashion style" to be. I never thought I had one. So I usually do not answer. Today was just another lesson in realizing to trust in myself and not in what others want me to listen to. As some of you know I have attended school again. I try to keep my thoughts to myself when it comes to my newest schooling adventure until the time is right. Well here is just a little of what has been up.

    So many times over the school has asked me to cover up my tattoos, as though that makes them not real. To change my hair color and style. Being who I am I could only compromise to a certain extent. To be honest the compromises I made had nothing to do with the school but more with what my pocket book could handle at the present time. After experiencing my first extern site, seeing what the school as coined "the real world appearance" with my own eyes and well being disappointed I stopped listening and went back to ME. To say in the nicest way, that site and me did not fit. I let the school know I expected more for the next one and that is what led to a meeting.

   I figured I could down play the way I dress simply so it did not become a meeting of defending my choices. What I choose to wear was simple, business casual with a little twist to it. All the pieces I can bet every mom owns but just wears them in a different way. Its the way I wore them that had them on guard. We got through our meeting and I thought for once that it was not going to be an issue. Boy was I wrong. I told them basically with out letting them finish their point of view that this was me and I was not changing. That in the "real world" I would not change myself to gain a job, so why do it for the school. If a place did not want me based on my appearance then it was not a place for me to work. I am educated in the fields that I would consider working in, they should only judge me on my skill set.

    Next my hair came into question. I knew it was coming so I made a light hearted joke out of it. Stating the color is of no issue depending on how I wear it. Another speech followed, letting me know of all the wrong reasons for looking this way.  Because they were sending me to what they consider to be their top extern site, they asked if I would please be on my best behavior and cover up and change. Here is the thing, I did no such thing. Well I behaved. I am not stupid people. I know how to go to an interview while still being myself. I went to this interview today, as me. Guess what happened??

       I was greeted kindly, asked to sit and began answering questions about what I am capable of doing. I was asked about my experience at "the school" that I was kind enough to hold back on. I was asked about the other site I was sent to , which I again held my opinion. I was given a run down of what would be expected of me. I was asked what I expected of them and a few jokes where bounced back and forth. Not once did my appearance unsettle a potential employer nor did the way I look change my intelligence level. Of course I asked about the policies on clothing and tattoos, and I was greeted with ... "we don't have one. Just be presentable as you are now and your fine." Funny right they didn't care. Now if I get the job or not is up to them. But at least I stayed true to who I am and did not allow a school to dictate who I should be. Yes I love everything "retro", yes I dress a little differently and have my hair differently then most, but it's me. People should learn to love themselves! I love me !!