Must Haves & Mom’s Day

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This week’s Listicles is 10 Wardrobe must haves…

I WAS going to list all the essentials I have in my closet. Though that seemed silly that I am now between clothes sizes now that I am losing inches and gaining muscles. Therefore I am listing all the new clothes I will need for the rest of spring, all summer, and the beginning of fall.

1. two summer dresses that I can also wear in June and September

2. two light weight pants I can wear in June and September

3. two capris

4. two shorts

5. two skirts

6. summer shirts

7. three to four good sandals (thanks to my mom for buying those for me

9. new undergarments 

10. lots of tank tops 


Hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday, I know I did. Tony originally had to umpire in the evening…but the games were cancelled so we all had the day together. 

I started at the gym (climbed 22 flights of stairs on the stair machine) and worked with free weights. Then I went off to Whole Foods and had a morning snack, while I crochet and listed to an audio book in the car. It was so quiet and wonderful. I didn’t have to answer any questions or share my food. 

Then I spent the day with my men…it was a quiet and sweet day with just the three of us…and Balboa and Nemo.

I got the best Mother’s Day gifts…wooden turtles that Dino and Daddy painted. I LOVE turtles and was so happy to add them to my collection in the curio cabinet.

At daycare Dino made me some super adorable and loving gifts. He had to write four reasons he loves me…and he picked such sweet and caring things. What a smart and lovable little dude I have.  In case you can’t see the writing…”She gives me new toys, She brings me to do sports, She reads me books, She scratches my back at night before bed.” 

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Dino had so much fun hanging out in the beautiful weather. He was in his glory. He made a mud swamps for his dinos and superheroes and created a pool of mud. I wish I had taken pics of it. I had to clean it up…but we had so much fun. Can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day. I will definitely cherish these moments. 

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What are must haves in your wardrobe? How was your Mother’s Day? 


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Our Meal Plan April 19th – 25th

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I posted my weight/inches on Saturday. I’ll post every Saturday Getting Healthier and Stronger for my son 


From now on all the foods that I eat, use for lunches, and cook with are either NON-GMO or organic. Sometimes a food can be organic, but unless it has the seal of NON-GMO then you know for certain it is 100% clean.

I know organic/NON-GMO foods are SUPER EXPENSIVE. It’s sad and ridiculous that we have to pay more for clean food. I work hard to keep my foods within budgets and can find good sales on some items at Whole Foods. Though I save the most by buying from the bulk section.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

HOPEFULLY with Vermont now requiring GMO labels on all “Food” products, other states will follow. Perhaps if all states DO follow, the big food industries will STOP putting unsafe additives in food, provide healthier choices, and organic will become more affordable and the mainstream food in all kitchens. 



I have been getting into the habit of cooking dinners the night before. It saves me time after coming home from work. I can let it cook in the oven or slow cooker while I eat, play with Dino, get ready for the next day, and do our nighttime routine.

Sat Dinner Pasta, sauce, and leftover porkballs
Sun Dinner Easter
Mon Dinner take out (Karate presentation)
Tues Dinner  homemade split pea soup, ham, carrots, and couscous
Wed Dinner roasted chicken, potatoes, veggies
Thurs Dinner  chicken and barley soup with veggies
Fri Dinner  leftovers

Sat Dinner:  I never thought I could have pasta sauce again. Then I started going to Whole Foods and buying their non-GMO products. I was amazed that the next morning I was NOT sick, but feeling great. That just further proves to me that eating clean foods is the way to go. 

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Sun Dinner:   

We had a wonderful Easter at my mom’s house. We had brunch and Dino LOVED being able to run around in a bigger house and yard.

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Monday– Since Dino had a karate presentation in daycare, I picked up two slices of pizza and we ate in the car after I picked him up. Then we went back in for his karate show. He of course was the loudest and craziest one, but that is my Dino. 

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Tuesday– Using dry split peas from the bulk section of Whole Foods and the ham bone my mother gave me from Easter, I made split pea and ham soup. It was DELICIOUS. I added fresh rosemary, cilantro, dill, and parsley, with some other seasonings, as well as carrots and couscous after the soup was done. 

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Wednesday – We had lefter over soup and pasta. Dino eagerly awaited the pea soup, he scarfed it down again. I tried to get him to dip some bread in it…but he’s not a dipping kind of guy (unless it’s chicken or fries).

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Thursday – We had my new favorite…roasted chicken with veggies. I get so much chicken out of this meal…we can make soup, and chicken salads with the leftover. 

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Friday–  leftovers 

Instead we went out to our favorite place to eat…Prime Burger…as always it was delicious and hits the spot.


I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore.

Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies


Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies


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What’s New?

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I am going to do my best to keep blogging and reading blogs…I took a long needed break and hopefully got organized and ready to stay organized.

This week’s Listicles:

NEW TOYS: that need to be find a place to where they won’t take up too much room.

school bus magnets hess truck hat and gunNEW CHRISTMAS CARD: I really loved our card this year, it really captured Dino’s personality.


NEW CELEBRATIONS: Each year brings new celebrations and joys. To start off this year, Balboa’s 8th birthday was on the 5th…time sure if flying around here.

frameNEW POUNDS: all the delicious food that was hard to deny and now sits on my body

NEW MEMORIES: Dino once again surprised me and understood more about Christmas this year. It was wonderful to watch and live this holiday through his eyes.


NEW CHALLENGES: as to what to buy family and friends AND making sure the magic of Santa lives on for our son

NEW CLOTHES: with gift cards I stacked up on clothes and undergarments from Dress Barn and Soma…so excited.

NEW PEAPOD SERVICE: you all know I use Peapod, but now they have pickup in addition to delivery. By picking up my order each week, I don’t have to pay for a delivery fee…that’s a savings of $7 a week!

Free - no pick-up fee. Pick-up your groceries free. No minimum.

NEW ORGANIZATION: set up a meal plan, pantry organization, coupons to get and stay organized. Though let’s not forget, to save money, as well.  Sunday Coupon Inserts is a great service, for less than a dollar each you can purchase all the coupon inserts.

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Sunday Coupon Inserts

NEW ATTITUDE: A new year brings a new beginning, new start, new choices…I know I will be able to rock my routine and stay organized.

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Waking up in Love Actually

Secret Subject Swap

 Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 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:                            Baking In A Tornado                      Home on Deranged               Evil Joy Speaks                         Writer B is Me            Discovering Me                      Confessions of a part-time working mom                              Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                         Moms Don’t Say That                          Spinster Snacks            Black Sheep Mom                  Spatulas on Parade                             Just A Little Nutty

My subject is “Falling asleep in front of the TV, you wake to find yourself living in your favorite Christmas movie or TV special (from any decade). Which one are you in, and how do you spend the day?” It was submitted by Here goes:

WOW…what a great prompt…I knew immediately what Christmas Movie I wanted to be in…Love Actually! I JUST LOVE that movie…especially the ending…wow. Now how would I spend the day? Well, I tried to write this a million times and just couldn’t come up with a plan without destroying the movie and since I love it so much I couldn’t do that. I know I have issues. In the end I decided to show my favorite parts of the movie, and which characters I would like to be.

The ending…one month later at the airport

But let’s not forget the song before that…one of my favorite Christmas songs…All I Want for Christmas…

I can’t help but dance around the room like a fool

If I HAD to hang with one of the characters, then it would be Natalie and David. Why? Well, she is who she is and doesn’t make any apologies. She’s curvy, loves life, and is so flipping cute. She gets the man who everyone else wants…and how does she get him? By just being herself. Bet they are a couple that just loves each other and ignores all the negativity…for they have love and that is all that matters.

David and Natalie

friends with Aurelia and Jamie…what a love story. Despite the language barrier and bleak situations, they both knew what they had to do. In the end they found love…swoons. You know they are truly committed to each other, not like his lying cheating ex-girlfriend and brother.


Our Elf is Back

CollageIt’s that time again…for my story. Our elf, Scooby Doo, is back and he’s hiding and watching me. I think I’ve been a good boy. What do you think?

He hid in mommy’s cabinet with all her little figurines, on our tree playing with ornaments, on our living room shelf in the remote control holder (and had evidence that he ate a Hershey kiss), sleeping on our kitchen cabinets, and hiding in our snacks while eating veggie stick.

We have fun looking for him every morning. Mommy and me also open another day on our advent calender that La La bought for us.


It’s my turn to hide…Can you find me?

hidingHere I am!



CollageDino had a blast this Halloween

He had a party at daycare where he got this as his favorite treat. His teacher, Ms. Kate, made this little trail mix for them…anything with poop is golden! Dino was in his glory eating ghost poop.

1031131719aThen we went trick or treating in town, thanks to a friend on Facebook, we knew the times we could head out for some Halloween fun. He was excited by all the costumes, but we saw LOTS of little kids as Iron Man and one Captain America, but no Hulk or Thor. We saw a HUGE banana, birthday cake, and Lego piece. Next year Dino wants to be a monster or an Avenger…at least he has a whole year to decide.

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getting ready for battleHow was your Halloween? Did you get to go trick or treating?

Elf and Penguin Decorating

I try to post about organization and cleaning on Thursdays. I am so bad with my cleaning schedule as I try to get used to my work hours. Though the hours will be increasing in January, so I will REALLY have to juggle cleaning even more. Anyway, I though it would be nice to post about Elf decoration today.

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Scooby Doo and Penguin playing with toilet paper

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Scooby Doo and Penguin eating gummies

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Scooby Doo and Penguin drinking juice

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Scooby Doo and Penguin playing in the pen and marker basket

What silly things have your elves done?

Snowmen Socks

Out of the blue…or maybe I have seen it somewhere, but I don’t remember…I blame mom brain.

So back to my point, as I was throwing away Dinosaur’s old socks, I thought we could make snowmen out of them.

  • We used other socks and cotton balls to stuff each sock.
  • We used pipe cleaners to tie off the bottom of the sock and fold it up.
  • We used red ribbon for the scarves
  • Black permanent marker for drawing on the faces, buttons, and hair. Dinosaur held onto the marker while I drew. He loved telling me what to draw.

Sure we could have sewed on buttons and used pipe cleaners as arms…but this was a quick, last minute activity. I spent NO money and Dinosaur enjoyed every minute of it.

This is one tradition we’ll have to do EVERY Christmas.

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Dino happily posing with his snowmen socks

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Dino holding some of the snowmen socks. After this we decided to make more.

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Some of the snowmen posing on their own.

What crafts have you done that were last minute and cheap, but totally rocked?

SITS Holiday Card Link Up

SITS Holiday Card Link up

Each year I include our dog, Balboa, in our cards. He is part of our family after all.

The first card was a Thanksgiving photo of Anthony (6 months old) and Balboa. Then after that I used Christmas photos of Anthony with Santa one with Balboa.  It’s a tradition to take the photos at my parents house during Thanksgiving. Between my father and I, one of us will get a great photo of them.

When Anthony grows up, we will still do family cards, perhaps including ALL of us in the photo. I don’t care how old and “too mature” he is for cards, he WILL be taking a picture with us. Unless he wants me to send out a card with an embarrassing photo of when he was younger.