Monday, January 31, 2011

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Photo Credit: Redplum

RedPlum has a variety of wonderful Valentines Coupons you can download


These are wonderful IOU Coupons.


They have so many different choices:
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For Caregivers and Teachers, For the Grandparents from the Kids


These printable IOU coupons are visually attractive (not just black, white and red) and have areas for the persons name.


I have printed some for my family and the teachers at the preschool. 

My Pre-School Sign Project

So a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to make a new sign for the preschool. I volunteered myself and hubby (though the project is mine).

So I have a few pictures to share with you on my progress. I brought a picture into the Director and she LOVED it !

The Old Sign

Primed and coated with exterior paint. Taped off for the border

Hubby's reverse tracing technique

Me tracing the on the sign

A faint photo of the fully traced board

I spent my evening doing 1 full coat on 1 side of the board

Completed 1st coat of paint on the board

How do you teach your children about giving back?

There are certain times of the year where we all remember to remind our kids about being Thankful and giving back. But what happens when it is not Thanksgiving or Christmas?(the major charity related holidays).

How do you give back to the community?

With my oldest, most of our giving back is through Scouts. We do beach clean ups, and make PB&J sandwiches that are distributed to homeless people.
Then there is scouting for food where we collect the bags that the Boy Scouts left and take the food to a local food pantry.

My littlest is too little to understand yet, but we include him in these activities.

My 5 year old is at the point now where he understands and gets involved. Through the preschool, we have had several opportunities to give back. Last year we collected food for the food bank and did Soles for Souls. We also collected change for March of Dimes. The teachers did a good job explaining these things on the child's level.

This year, this week actually, we are doing things for the Kimberly Home. The Kimberly Home is a Pregnancy Crisis Center here in Pinellas County which not only helps pregnant women while pregnant, but after (if needed) as well.

Today is diapers/wipes, tomorrow is bottles/bibs, Wednesday is onesies/gowns, Thursday is blankets/ wash clothes/hats and Friday is socks and booties. Now while we are doing these things for the Kimberly Home, the kids get to have fun while learning. This week they have tricycle races, milkshake day, pajama day, silly hat day, and silly sock day.

The diaper donation today was astounding! The diapers filled the office and then spilled into the hallway, so I offered to take them up to the Kimberly Home.
It was a good opportunity to explain to Anthony (5) why we were helping this particular charity and why we give back to the community.
He helped me empty the van and take the diapers inside the building. The ladies there were very happy to receive such a generously large donation of diapers and loved that Anth helped me out.

What activities do you do within your community to show your children it's good to give back?

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Thoughts on Valentine's Day


There are so many ways to say "Be Mine" on Valentine's Day.
I would love to do something unexpected and special for Hubby, but I am unsure as to what it may be.
We can never top our Best Valentine's Day ever.
Luke (8) was our IVF baby conceived in a Pitri Dish on 02/14/02.
But it was far from romantic

The t-shirt, the massage, the gifts... They have all been done..

Being that this year, Valentine's Day is a Monday, we'll be busy with work, school, CCD, & the kids..

What have you done with that special someone on Valentine's Day?
Any suggestions?

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To the man I have loved for over 20 years.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Cub Scout ..

I have been preoccupied with life this week, so my blog was bare. My apologies...

This past weekend was AWESOME! Luke (my Cub Scout/Wolf) participated in the Pinewood Derby.
He did a spectacular job in designing his car (I helped paint) and while there were 5 Wolf Scouts tat participated, there was only room for the Top 3!

I wish all the boys could have placed because I could tell they all worked hard on their cars...

Luke took 1st Place in the Wolf Heat (YAY!) and then it was a photo finish for the Overall Champ..
Luke & a Webelos II boy (he leaves us in March to be a Boy Scout) had a One Race-That's It-Winner Take Overall Champ Finish.. Half way down the track, Luke's car jumped and his friend won the Overall 1st Place. Luke took 2nd Overall, which is great since last year it was 3rd place & Most creative car (he made a Hummer last year)

So now, once we get the date, Luke will go to Districts with his car. We've been told not to expect much as it seems more like a "Clique-ish" type of thing and some peoples cars don't really get "checked".

But I am proud of my guy...


From L-R Top: 2nd Place Overall Trophy, 1st Place Wolf Trophy
Bottom: Luke's Pinewood Derby Car & Scout Patch


Luke & his Proud Dad after receiving his 1st Place Trophy


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Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Printables {Free) from Disney's Family Fun website

I love the Disney Family Fun Magazine and website. I always get their newsletters and I wanted to share one I received over the weekend.
It had a link for Valentines Printables.

My boys love creating things for family and friends.. Check out the link above for some great Valentine's Day ideas....

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Working on a new Sign

Of course it's for the preschool, the new sign.
The one (wooden) broke over the holidays and since the school is on a tight budget and they are trying to get the security fence, hubby & I are making their sign. It is 48" x 48" and has been sanded and primed. tomorrow I will put an exterior white coat on it and then hubby will trace and transfer the existing logo and lettering. Then I will paint it and we will weather seal it.

I am excited to see how it will turn out & I am hoping we can get it completely done by the Enchanted Evening Event on Feb 11th..

Friday, January 21, 2011

Photos from dinner last night (Pasta Stuffed Pizza Shells)

So I tried the Pasta Stuffed Pizza Shells that I blogged about yesterday.
Since we had a Den meeting (scouts) I premade the shells & stuffed them. When I got home, I just added the sauce & put them in the oven.


Stuffed and ready for the fridge before scouts


After I had served. What yummy leftovers
Luke (8), CJ, (21 mo), and hubby all had 2nds. Anthony didn't like them stuffed (he's my picky eater) so I had to take the stuffing out of them. I did not add the zucchini. I bought little pre-sliced mini peperoni's from the cold meat section and they were perfect !I did not add the cheese on the top but added it into the shell stuffing and then allowed everyone to put their own Parmesan on the top. Just the way my family rolls...

I had posted the pictures on my Facebook page and then had requests for the recipe, so I had to add that too...
If you want the recipe, you can find it here

It was very good.. I am pleased and surprised at how much my family enjoyed it....

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes from Real Simple.com

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Serves 4

Hands-On Time: 10m
Total Time: 1hr 00m

Ingredients
2 pounds medium red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions
1.Heat oven to 400° F. In a large roasting pan, toss the potatoes, thyme, Parmesan, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
2.Roast, stirring once, until golden brown and crisp, 45 to 50 minutes.

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Trying a new Recipe - Pasta Stuffed Pizza-Style

This receipe is from FamilyTime Daily dish

I'll be making mine without Zucchini..

Pasta Stuffed Pizza-Style

Pasta and pizza in one dish! The kids are sure to love this meal.
Serves: 4 Prep. time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients
30 jumbo pasta shells, or 13 manicotti shells
3 medium zucchini, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 1/2 ounces pepperoni sausage, slices (torn into small pieces)
1 large egg white
3 cups low-sodium tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
*Prepare pasta according to package directions.

*While pasta is cooking, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
*Toss the zucchini with the garlic powder and transfer to a colander. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Transfer to a large bowl.
*Stir the zucchini with the bread crumbs, pepperoni, and egg white to make the filling.
*In another mixing bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, oregano, and basil.
*When pasta is done, drain well. Rinse with cold water and drain again. Stuff the shells with the filling mixture and arrange them in a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan. Spoon the sauce over pasta and sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake uncovered

We need new Luggage!

We are in need of new luggage, anyone have suggestions?

I have been looking at the Delsey luggage on CSN.

After our trip to New York last year, we had to toss the luggage, it was old and cheap and falling apart. 2 of our 4 suitcases broke apart. The wheels (along with attaching parts) were missing when we got them from baggage claim. Delta & I are not friends..

Our goal is to head back to Elmira this summer and we'll need to have at least 3 new pieces to accommodate the 5 of us.

I like the Goodhope Bags - 22" Expandable Tote with Wheels, but I'm not sure how they would hold up. I would also need to purchase multiple pieces.
Another individual piece is the Delsey - Helium Zip Carry-on Suiter Trolley



As far as sets go, I like the US Traveler - New Yorker 4 piece Luggae Set


For those of you who travel often and have kids, do you have any recommendations? I am all ears...

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