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Menu Plan Monday 03.24.14

It's another new week, so that means another new menu plan. It is a hard week to plan for because we are having company this week, and Saturday is youngest's birthday party. Belated, thanks to all the snow. GRRR! So not only do I have to plan for us, but for the busy nights we will be out running. Oh well, the planning must go on. Monday: Tonight's meal is crockpot creamed chicken. My youngest actually eats it, so I am not complaining! I will hopefully have a recipe for it to post next week. Tuesday: French toast and turkey bacon. I also have strawberries, blueberries, and apples to use as toppings. Wednesday: Velveeta … [Read more...]

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One Step Closer To Spring

I am still sitting here in shock over the fact that I have 2 teenagers now. Two! As in more than one. How is that freaking possible? Is it just a nightmare? Will I wake up tomorrow and find out that they are both just 4 and 2?  Um no. Not happening. I am not sure what it is with me lately. I never got sentimental over birthdays or milestones, or things like now. But I am sitting here crying in my coffee cup that I have 2 teenagers. Let's face it. I. Am. Old. Okay, I am over it now. All I can think about is being here: and eating this: I can't wait for vacation in June. If it gets here. Or if the kids aren't still in school! FOR … [Read more...]

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Don’t Look Now, I Am A Mom Of Two Teenagers!

Okay everyone, listen up!  The thing I have been dreading the most is upon me! No, not my 4-0. That is almost 2 years ago. No, today's tragic event is this: I am a Mom of two teenagers. Yes two. Both boys. With testosterone. Lots of it. Okay, I exaggerate a bit. I think. Yeah, I was. I really do have two terrific boys, teenage hormones and all. In fact, I will let you in on a little secret: they still love to cuddle Mom! Shhh! So here is to my youngest. My sweet and adorable Squishy. Yes, this is where I got the name from. Don't tell him that either! You may be a teenager now, but even when I am 139, you … [Read more...]

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Celebrating A Special Occasion With Hallmark’s Funniest Pet Cards

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #FunnyPetCards #CollectiveBias #shop Do you love sending cards to family and friends? Do you spend hours browsing cards to find the perfect one? I know I do. There are plenty of times I spend hours trying to find the right card for one person or one occasion. I don't always like to have a totally serious card and funny cards can convey a message of love, too. So when I was able to combine my love of animals with a greeting card, I was ecstatic. So here is what I … [Read more...]

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Making Our Life Matter: A Peek Behind The Name

One of the biggest questions I get asked is this: Why Making Our Life Matter? How did you come up with the name for your blog? That is really a great question, and one I will work on answering for you. I wanted to convey to my readers that life is all about what matters. Not the crazy madness with work. Or the insanity of dealing with bad weather or stupid drivers. It is not about making tons of money, having the biggest house, or the latest I-Phone(I don't have any smart phone). There are things in life that matter, but not the things you "think you must have." Because, no matter what, they will be gone one day. When your life is over, will … [Read more...]

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High School Homework Help

High school homework is supposed to strike fear in a child, right? Parents aren't supposed to break out in a cold sweat when they hear that their child needs help with their homework. They are in high school now, they can do it themselves. So. Very. Not. True. They may need help more than ever so they can prepare for college. High school homework has become as much responsibility for the parent as well. Why? Because there are many tools and supplies a student needs to get started in school. It is not like the days when I was in school where they gave us a pad of paper and a pencil, and I was good to go. Not these days. School work … [Read more...]

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Back To Basics:Remembering Life’s Priorities

Life hasn't slowed down too much since the Christmas holiday has ended, although I was hoping that it would. Work has been pretty busy, and the house is still a huge mess. Seems like I am going backwards instead of forwards, and I definitely need to do something about it. Part of the issue is that I am spending most of my blogging time obsessing about the numbers, instead of the writing. I need to get back to writing, and just writing. I know that social media and networking are important, but that's all I have been focused on lately. Blogging is starting to become a chore again, and I don't want to lose my passion for it. Ever. So back to … [Read more...]

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Top 5 Indoor Play Areas In The Lehigh Valley

*As part of a collaboration with Philadelphia Social Media Moms, I have compiled a list of local indoor play areas. I was not compensated for this post, or not in any way affiliated with any businesses mentioned in this post. All suggestions are a result of personal experiences or website recommendations. All are 100% my own.* My kids have always enjoyed playing at indoor play areas, just as much as outside activities. Over the course of the years, we have been to many different areas in the Valley. These are definitely the most popular ones: Chuck E Cheese: Lehigh Valley Mall location Video games and pizza are always a hit with the … [Read more...]

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Making Game Time Tasty With #DiGiorno

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #GameTimeGoodies #cbias #SocialFabric Football is a big part of our Sundays(and Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, too!) during the fall season. Our family gathers around and spends time together while cheering for our favorite teams. Not only do we enjoy professional football, but you will also find us enjoying a local college or high school football game as well. No one wants to miss a minute of the action, and making game time delicious is a snap with DiGiorno … [Read more...]

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It Happened

Here is a simple before and after picture post. I am amazed that it has happened. But I am happy that it happened, because I know this is what is supposed to happen. Why am I using happen so often? Not sure, but it seemed very appropriate to babble lots of nonsense, because this is a really big thing in the timeline of a Mom. We know that it is going to happen, yet we are always emotionally unprepared. So what happened? My oldest is now taller than me! Acckk! I guess I thought that he would always be shorter than me and stay my baby. But, I think he has other plans. He is turning into such a great young man. But he has also had some … [Read more...]

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