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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Secret Subject Swap  Baking In A Tornado  The Momisodes  Spatulas on Parade  Stacy Sews and Schools  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy  Climaxed Someone Else’s Genius  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles  Confessions of a part-time working mom Silence of the Mom  Crumpets and Bollocks  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo


My subject is “An orange, tomato and eggplant… (go with it)?” It was submitted by: 


I apologize for typing this up at the last minute. Any craziness, illogical thoughts, or grammatical errors are all my own fault… 

What a prompt! I laughed and then cried. What the heck am I going to do with this prompt???

I had a ton of ideas, but nothing really worked…it was as if I came home and hubby had left the items on the table for me.

Yeah, that’s it!!!! It would be like my hubby leaving an orange, tomato, and eggplant on our table with no note or phone call. Which he has done before…not with the fruits and veggies, but left me things with no explanation. Seriously how hard is it to send a simple text.

Anyway I could imagine walking into find these food items sitting on our table. I know Dino would be thrilled and excited…being the pack rat that he is, he would try to steal them to play with them and eventually hide them away in his room. It’s amazing what he hides and we find weeks and months later.

Do I call him at work and ask him about these dumb items, or do I just take matters into my own hands. Luckily, each produce would have an organic sticker on them…which makes my decision easier….eggplant parm, tomato and mozzarella salad, and orange slices for Dino’s snack tomorrow.

After spending the night doing all this, I would happily go to bed. Of course hubby would come home at night, wake me up and ask where the fruit was. I would tell him we have eggplant parm and tomato salad for his dinner tomorrow. What would be say?

Well he would either respond that he was given those fruits as a gift and wanted me to do what I wanted with them, or they were for somebody else. We would then have a heated discussion about the problems that arise when NOT leaving notes in the house…communication is key.

Either way, an orange, tomato, and eggplant would bring about a crazy, but typical day in our household. One day it could be about vegetables and fruit, the next day it could be about paper, snails, and power cords.

FLY on the wall



Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In a Tornado
Stacy Sews and Schools
Just a Little Nutty
Menopausal Mother
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
The Momisodes
Follow Me Home
Crumpets and Bollocks
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade
Someone Else’s Genius
Battered Hope

SORRY…this will be a short FLY on the wall…as I was just so busy with work. Next month will be a LONGER post.

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This is a terrible day. You are a mean mommy. After not getting what he wanted.

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This is a fantastic day. You are the best mommy ever. After getting exactly what he wanted.
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After hitting his head on daddy while play fighting and me kissing his eye to comfort him…which he didn’t like. Everyone is hurting me in this house!
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Pop Pop called him and was being silly. There is something wrong with you Pop Pop.

Then another time…You are always getting hurt, you are an old man.
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Updated Bucket List

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


Secret Subject Swap                          Baking In A Tornado                                       The Momisodes                          Spatulas on Parade                      Stacy Sews and Schools                   The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                       Evil Joy Speaks                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                    Silence of the Mom                                Climaxed                                  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                           Someone Else’s Genius                       Crumpets and Bollocks                        Confessions of a part-time working mom                            Small Talk Mama


My subject is “What is on your bucket list, and why?” It was submitted by:


About a year ago I did a bucket list post for Finish the Sentence Friday, you can find it here.bucket list

So, instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m going to update the list…cross off things I did, delete things I changed my mind about, and add new things.

1. I want to visit Italy with my hubby. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS

2. Learn how to change a tire. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

3. Get a tattoo of Dinosaur’s birthday on my shoulder. I DID get a tattoo of our fur baby, balboa, who passed this summer. I STILL plan on getting a dinosaur and his name, Anthony, on my arm. 

Dear Balboa Post

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4. Learn Italian so that if I ever go to Italy I will understand some of the language. YES STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

5. Go sky diving from a plane. NOPE, this was one of my jokes. I will NEVER do this.  

6. Crochet a poncho for myself and all of Dino’s hats and fall jackets…at least for a few years. While I have crocheted MANY things, I have not crochet any jackets for Dino. He DOES love the blanket I made him though. 

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7. Eat more (not ALL) vegetarian meals and even buy organic foods if I can afford to do so. I have gone completely organic and NON-GMO. While it is expensive, I see differences in our health and feel better about what we are eating. 

8. Go for laser hair removal, you ladies know what I’m talking about right? YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS…one day when I have spending money. 

9. Travel to every state in the US and get a picture participating/next to what that state is known for. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

10. Buy Dino an iPad, that will be all his. He has a Kindle Fire right now and that seems to be good enough. He can use our computers for ABC Mouse, so we’ll hold off on that iPad. 

11. Swim with the dolphins. While dolphins are majestic and amazing animals, I don’t want to be in ocean with them. 

12. Win the lottery and buy a house with three bedrooms, and eat-in-kitchen, and a pool. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

13. Watch Dino graduate with honors from college. YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN…or graduate from a technical school and open his own successful business….AS LONG AS HE’S HAPPY! 

14. Dance with Dino at his wedding….and hold his MANY children… YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN. 

15. Have Jackson Rathbone serenade me while I get a full-body massage. YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN…even if it’s in my dreams

16. Learn Karate…that would be cool While I haven’t learned karate, Dino has and now has an orange belt! GO DINO! 

17. Learn how to pole dance. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

18. Get to my ideal weight and still LOVE to eat. , NO…who cares about what I weigh???? It’s all about being strong! I can squat 115 pounds. I have gone down three dress sizes. I recently put on dresses that I couldn’t even get on months ago…now I look smoking hot in them. BESIDES…I DO EAT LOTS OF FOOD…but it’s all real food, no chemicals in this house. It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating right. 

19. Just once ride on a roller coaster with hubby NOPE, this was one of my jokes. I will NEVER do this.

20. Run a marathon. I DID want to do the TriAtholon…but don’t think I’ll have the time to train…maybe I’ll change my mind.     


Our Healthy Meal Plan

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I’ve been slacking on posting my meal plans and taking pics…I normally posted every Thursday, but will probably post for the weekend…but that could change. Some days it may be mid week, others may be for two weeks. We shall see.

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Dino had a spirit run after school. It was hosted by the PTA and got the kids up and moving for two hours after school. I couldn’t help since I work, but got there about 5:30 and was able to help a bit for the next half hour. I stopped by Whole Foods to get some take out…Dino LOVED the curried broccoli, Feta Cheese Rice, and Chicken Salad.

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Dino said he’s tried of pasta and meatballs…so I had to think of another meal with ground beef…and decided to try meatloaf. I added mozzerella in the middle of the loaf, but it melted out….grrrr. I might just mix shredded mozzerella into the meat mixture next time. Any tips on that?


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After marinating chicken in a mequite bbq mix, I quickly coated the chicken with dry pancake mix…it was perfection. Just a hint of breading without the frying or heaviness… Hubby said it was similar to the chicken Marsala without the thick sauce. Potatoes and veggies added a nice addition to the chicken.

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Dino is all about rice and beans now. I slow cook dry beans with water and lots of seasoning. Then after it’s done, I add alredy cooked rice and sausage. This sausage was already cooked, otherwise I would add it to the slow cooker with the beans.  Throw some shredded cheese on top and you have a perfect meal.

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In an effort to eat real food for desserts, I made some apple crumble. I cut up an apple, mixed melted butter with dry pancake mix and coated it over the apples. I baked in the oven for thirty minutes and topped with ice cream.  Real food never tasted so good…who needs all those fake additives to taste like apple, when you can have real apple?


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No idea, what we had for dinner Tuesday…yup, I’m losing my mind. I do remember our dessert. Just like with the apple crumble, we made banana crumble. Boy, we loved it…so tasty and healthy. I melted butter and mixed it with dry pancake mix and bananas…then placed in a well oiled cast iron skillet. Bake for twenty minutes and you have a tasty and healthy dessert. Top with ice cream of your choice.

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What a great, but simple meal. I made quinoa with an organic Latin Seasoning mix…just like Goya, only without the nastiness. Before the quinoa was done, I added diced tomatoes, peas, and carrots. I baked some chicken sausage and mixed it all in. Then topped with shredded cheese for an extra taste. Perfection. Dino and I ate every bite.


Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.


Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here





      Mini Van Dreams


FLY on the Wall



Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:                           Baking In A Tornado                                The Rowdy Baker                                Just A Little Nutty                                         The Momisodes                       Spatulas on Parade                               The Sadder But Wiser Girl                          Follow me home . . .                  Stacy Sews and Schools                             Menopausal Mother                                        Go Momma O                                     Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                           Juicebox Confession                         Someone Else’s Genius                               Battered Hope

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Daddy drove him to the playground, but not the one he likes.

“You screwed up, Daddy. This is the wrong one.”

Hubby then asked him and he said “my playground”

When they arrived at the one he liked, he said, “Good job, Daddy.”

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Anthony started talking about his friend who he is starting kindergarten with.

Anthony: I’m gonna miss Zoe if she gets married. I should marry her, I love her.

Mommy: What does marry mean? What do you do if you get married?

Anthony: It means I dance with her, give her flowers, make her laugh, and love her. I’ll never get mad at her.

Mommy: What if you do get mad? What would you do?

Anthony: Get mad at her? Why? Well, I would just say I’m sorry and love her.

Good kid…I hope he follows his advice when he’s older. Now I have to share this conversation with Zoe’s mom…she’ll get a kick out of it.

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He loves going on the bus to school every morning. It’s a special time for him and his Daddy. I posted his first pic of nice pose…but my son loves to pose with style. While he’s posing he’s shouting…”oh yeah.” over and over

1st day of school

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While playing Monopoly Jr with Daddy, Dino said… “Daddy, you landed on my prophesy.” He then waited for the rent due to him. He’s a smart dude.

Now this pic has nothing to do with the game, but he LOVES to make the “Daddy Face”. It’s the same face Daddy makes when he’s wrong or just being silly.

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Why did Balboa die?

Balboa was sick and his body was in pain.

Why did God let him die?

God can’t keep people and dogs from getting sick. He sends good people to help them. The doctors and nurses were good people sent by God to give Balboa love, hugs, and kisses when he died.

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“Mommy I need my hat.” he announced, put it on his head and sat down to watch Jurassic Park III.

tv in style

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Dino comes out of his room all dressed up. “Mommy, I’m ready. Let’s go on a safari, jungle, hunt for crazy poop guys.”

I nod and follow…it’s always fun playing with my guy.

hes ready

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Got upset with me telling him to take a bath…after complaining and whining, he said “I don’t want to and what I say goes.”

I became a mean mommy and yelled at him. He changed his tune after that and within ten minutes was happily taking a bath.

July Fly on the Wall


Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado

Just A Little Nutty

The Momisodes

Spatulas on Parade

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

Follow me home

Stacy Sews and Schools

Menopausal Mother

Go Mama O

Kim Ulmanis

Dates 2 Diapers 2

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Someone Else’s Genius

Battered Hope


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While laying in bed one night, rubbing his back Dino asked about why families are different. I explained that each family is different. Some families have two parents, two moms, two dads, one mom, one dad, grandparents only, aunts and uncles only or only brothers and sisters. Some families have three kids, two kids, one kid, or ten kids. Some families different pets too.

“you and daddy just have me, I made you a family.”

“Yes you did.”

“We are blessed to have you.”

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While talking about an event way before Dino was born. He wanted to know where he was and had a difficult time understanding where he was.

“You were in heaven with all the other babies waiting to be born.”

“That’s right. I was with God and the other babies. Then he dropped me down when I came out of your belly.”

“Yes, God put you in my belly, so Daddy and I could have a baby.”

“He wanted me to be your baby.”

I hugged him so tight…he’s so sweet and blessed

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Being silly on the living room floor, rolling around and making silly faces…”It’s a crazy world.”

“Where’d you get that from?”

“Sesame Street, Mommy. It’s a crazy world.”

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At summer camp, he was still hungry and was offered a type of yogurt. He knew it was not something Mommy would give him and shook his hand and head and said. “No, it has chemicals.”  He didn’t go hungry they had a bbq picnic for lunch then went home early and had foods that were a bit better for him.

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At dinner with my parents and my father was teasing him. He got got annoyed and said, “My brain is tired of listening to you.”

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While at my parent’s house taking a bath, he was being silly. My mother said to him “You are so silly.”

“I know, Lala, God made me silly.”

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At a friend’s Build a Bear Birthday party, he built a teddy bear and put her in a flowered shirt and tutu. He called her ‘Pretty Flower Tutu’. “I like flowers and want a baby with pretty flowers.”

He is very proud to be a daddy and I am proud of his soft side.

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Dino was telling his daddy about how much he knows.

“Wow, you sure know a lot, Buddy.”

“Yes, Daddy. I’m very smart. I know things since I was born.”

 This pic has NOTHING to do with the above conversations…but shows you the crazy and silly Dino we have to deal with. I wouldn’t have him any other way though. 




Dinosaur Reads…Pup and Hound, Lost and Found

pup and hound lost and found

I read 30 books for the summer reading program. I got my picture taken and it will be added to the library site.

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Amazon Summary: When Hound turns around, Pup runs off into the crowds of the county fair. Will Hound find out what Pup is up to? This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition.

Dino Review: Pup gets lost and Hound has to find him. That’s not nice, Mommy would get mad and sad if I got lost. 

Mommy Review: Again a great rhyming book for Dino. He loved listening and trying to identify the words that rhyme. I’m sure this would be a great book for him to read when he is able to read on his own.   

Kid Lit Blog Hop

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This morning Dino is graduation from preschool. That’s right, my just turned five years old, Dino is graduation preschool. Sniffles…I know I’m going to be a mess! I’ll post some pictures tomorrow with my Getting Stronger and Healthier for my Son post.


I pick up Dino from daycare and am told by his teacher that after looking for a DVD of a Dr. Seuss book, they can’t find it. They said he got so mad that he shouted “Whoever took it better give it back or I’m slap them in the face really hard.” (He was referring to the robbers) They proceeded to tell me they both cracked up and tried to keep control of the room. they explained that no one is allowed to hit anyone and it will be okay.  I just want to point out that I HAVE NEVER said that to my son…EVER. Nor has my husband…EVER.

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After Hubby gets him in the car for school, before he could buckle his seat belt Dino looks at him and says. “A little help here, Daddy.”

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While at his Uncle Phil and Aunt Janet’s house he is trying to carry a bag of toys, but it’s to heavy. He looks up at everyone and says, “Can somebody help me here?” 

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My parents bought us a dining table and chair set many years before Dino was born (and still living in our condo) Now in our small apartment, we don’t need it and it’s been collecting dust in the garage. So my father came up with a friend and took the table from the garage and the matching chairs from our dining room. In return they gave us their smaller chairs, which really fit better in our small apartment.

Dino was not happy about this. “La La and Pop Pop need to give back our chairs. “They are robbers and took our chairs, I want them back.” “When we go to tyeir house I am taking back my chairs.”

Wait till he finds out that we are getting a better table (less wobbly) and chairs for our dining area. He is going to be so UPSET. We’ll say it’s a graduation gift, since he is graduation preschool this morning! 

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Dino was driving his tricycle around our driveway. He was getting too close to the cars. Me  being me, I said “Be careful. You don’t want to smash into the car and break your nose.” Yes I am over dramatic.

Dino: I’ve been driving around and didn’t hit the cars. I’m okay Mom.” and rolls his eyes

Me: just laughed at his snarky comeback.

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Dino suddenly is all about the Power Rangers…thanks to one of his friends at preschool. He wanted to trade in duplicate toys he received for his birthday and get power rangers. I explained that he never he watches the shows, so why get them. Two days later as we are flipping through shows on Netflix…

Dino: “Mommy, it’s the Power Rangers. I want to watch that.”

Mommy: I grind my teeth and inwardly curse Netflix and the child at preschool as I put the show on. The title just came on when I hear…

Dino: “See Mommy, I’m watching it now, so I can get them at the store.”

Hubby laughs at me. “You can’t outwit this kid.”

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Dino LOVES to watch all three Jurrasic Parks and often gets confused about what people say. In the movie, at the very begining a man with a British accent screams “Shoot her!” referring to a dinosaur trying to eat someone.  Dino insists that the man said “shootah”.

Dino: “Why did he say shootah, Mommy?”

Me “He didn’t he said ‘shoot her’.”

Dino: “No, Mommy. He said shootah.”

Me: No, he has an accent and it sounds like he said that, but he really said “shoot her” to save the man from being eaten.” this goes back and forth a few times

Me: “Fine. You are right. He says shootah.”

Dino: “I know, Mommy. I’m always right.”

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Dino: Mommy how come you don’t have a penis?

Me: “Girls have vaginas and boys and penises.”

Dino: “But how do you pee?”

Me: “I pee sitting down?”

Dino: “How does the pee get out?”

Me: “It comes out of a tiny hole just like your pee does.”

Dino: “Can I see?”

I promptly changed the subject. What do I do now???? HELP!

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Me: I sat him down and told him. “Mommy an Daddy have to go out to a school tonight. All parents have to see the new school you’ll go to next year. LaLa and PopPop will be here with you and put you to bed.

Dino: He starts to sob…”I don’t want you to go.”

Me: “Mommy and Daddy will come back. We will see you in the morning.”

Dino: “What if you don’t come back? what if you are gone forever?”

Me: My heart just breaks…seriously. I held him tight and promised him I will always come back no matter what (of course dreading not making good on this promise) and will beat up whoever I have to just to get back to him.

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I’ve trained Dino well…after getting a piece of our NON-GMO mint chocolate  bar, he then asked his Daddy if he wanted a piece. Daddy declined, he then went on to lecture him.

Dino: “Daddy, this chocolate is safe to eat. Your chocolate has chemicals and will make you sick. You shouldn’t eat yours, you need to eat ours.” This lecture continued for about ten minutes.

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Dinosaur Reads…

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I will be prepared for kindergarten with all the books I’m reading.


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Amazon Summary: Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It’s way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he’s well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel’s emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day ? his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting.

Dino Review: Squaredy Squirrel is always scared. He’s so silly. He likes to play dead, what a silly dude. He should roll around in the grass, it’s more fun. I would be lonely without my friends. I want to play all the time.  

Mommy Review: I loved Dino’s reaction to another Squirrel book. He took pleasure in the fact that the book is set up the same way, very well organized and easy to follow. Once again Squirrel is scared, but at the end makes a SMALL improvement to being brave.  

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Dinosaur POOP for Dinner???

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My prompt is: Create a recipe that describes your blog (I so stole this from Circle of Moms and I’ve done it before).

It was submitted by:     

What a great prompt!!!

Since I have been writing about healthy eating, this is perfect. You can check out my previous posts on my organic and NON-GMO meal plans HERE.

Then I have to think about my WILD 5yr old dinosaur at home and a hubby that is VERY picky and often chooses to eat the unhealthy foods.

Taking all this into consideration, my meal would be…EVERY PART OF THE MEAL WOULD BE MADE FROM ORGANIC AND NON-GMO FOODS


Homemade dinosaur chicken nuggets – I would ground raw chicken, some veggies, fresh herbs (cilantro, dill, and onion), and other spices. I would section the ground chicken mixture into balls then shape into various dinosaurs (of course my ability to create tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptor, spinosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, pterodactyl, and ankylosaurus would be spot on). Then I would amazingly and beautifully coat the shapes with panko and cococut shreds, bake at 350 for about thirty minutes and they would be PERFECT for any carnivorous dinosaur. 

Couscous with carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli using the dry couscous from the bulk section I would boil the couscous then leave on the side. Then I would coat the veggies in seasoning and fresh herbs (cilantro, dill, rosemary, and onion). After the veggies are cooked, I would mix them with the couscous and serve for any hungry herbivores.

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Fruit Salad- Depending on what they have already cut at Whole Foods, or I would cut them myself. I would have Dino’s favorite fruits right now…pineapple, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Though they should be eaten carefully…as they are dinosaur waste. 

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Lemon and lime flavored water  we all need to drink, why not some stinky dinosaur pee? 


I think Dino would get a huge kick out of eating like a carnivore and herbivore. Even better as he gets to eat dinosaur poop and pee…what boy wouldn’t get a HUGE kick out of having a dinner like that!

Perhaps one day I will do this…and post about it. Perhaps this summer would be the perfect time to experiment with making homemade chicken nuggets?

What do you think? Would you like to eat at our house?