Toddlers After Candy Coma Easter

Easter started on Friday for us! S and K think holidays continue until every last piece of candy is gone! I may have mentioned before we don’t enjoy a ton of candy as they are toddlers and let’s be honest it’s not necessary in my opinion…
But New Papa and Grandma got their party started Friday with big hollow chocolate characters. Then the peanut butter eggs Saturday, last the egg hunt of m&m’s and skittles at Papa and Grandma’s Sunday. Well it’s Wednesday and these two think an appropriate breakfast is cupcakes that I made but forgot to bring to the party Sunday and powdered donuts! What the heck this candy train needs to come to an abrupt stop pretty quick here! So back to fruit smoothies as S my fruit and vegetable girl all of a sudden thinks these are a foreign item she has never had!! So back to our smoothie a day schedule!
As I talked about last week I started oil pulling. I’m human I totally forgot to do it Saturday but otherwise I’m swishing away daily after my coffee. So far I do think my teeth have been impacted. I also think not that I suffered from a case of halitosis but my overall breath at all times of day feels more pleasant! Lastly, either I’m exhausted or pulling is helping me sleep. In the sense that I’m someone who struggles with good sleep; just like every other mom but lately I just feel like I’m more relaxed so I’m falling asleep quicker and sleeping sounder. Again, I don’t know if any of this has to do with pulling but for today I’m saying yes it is:)
As far as crafts and projects I realized I didn’t fill you in on all we did last week…we made calming jars which are great fun and a great idea but if you have two toddlers like mine that one loves everything sparkly and shimmery except when she’s having a meltdown and a one who doesn’t quite understand the concept of calming down yet. Either way they were fun to make! We also had so many plans for our eggs but I decided the best route for this year was using edible shimmer! We dumped and rolled and they turned out fantastic! Last we did what seems to have many names but was to us a foamy dough that was so fun. I do think S and K would have enjoyed it more outside as for some reason I am finding when we do projects that are sticky, gooey, messy they seem to enjoy them better outdoors. When I say enjoy I mean really get into them as to worrying about getting dirty…which is what these fun projects are about aren’t they?!
Lastly, I don’t think I’ve mentioned but we have started our home renovations or at least the outside as this next year we are putting an addition to our original home we renovated three years ago. The kids have been working the bobcat with dad when he gets home putting in a retaining wall and digging during the day planting and transplanting flowers in the front yard! Keep you posted on the fun as we hoped to have S and K involved as much as possible!

*Most of my projects I do find on the web but more often then not I end up making adjustments based on what I have on hand.

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Week End Wrap Up

Yesterday was beautiful! We had many items on our to-do list! Including baking a cheesecake, coloring eggs, and making bath fizzing dinosaur eggs!
Well S was up promptly at 6:05 a.m. and K followed suit at 6:15 a.m. Starting out the day with S dragging her oversized blanket into my bed she tipped over my glass of water on the iPad of course and her immediate reply was “it was an accident!” Her favorite response or her second “Mom it will be ok, don’t worry about it!” I’m thinking “don’t worry about it!!!???” Wait till these kids have to buy things with their money! Joe was home when the madness got started so he grabbed K. Thank goodness as that little guy when waking up loves to tell me “No mama…dada!” This wonderful morning he didn’t have to; love when everyone can be accommodated!
Which I’m always curious if I’m the only person who hears this question often “oh is he a mama’s boy and she a daddy’s girl?” As for some reason EVERYONE seems to think that’s how it goes. Maybe in others houses but not here.
S only ever wants me. As joe says to her “ok, talk to you when you are 16!” She has a reason why he can’t ever do anything right for her. Believe me I wish he could figure it out some days/nights as doing the 20 minute bedtime routine (potty, story-that I create and has to be different every night, snuggles, a list of what to dream about, then our off to sleep words) alone is draining after she has provided me direction on how to live my life for the last 13+ hours! It is never just that as then typically I’m called back in for something random…you know her blanket is twisted or I forgot to take her hair clip out. I mean heaven forbid she adjust her blanket or just throw the clip on her floor! Lastly, she has been waking up usually once in the middle of the night. Again for something completely bananas! Last night at 2:30 a.m. It was that Sophie her baby had her legs tangled! WHAT! I don’t get sound sleep because a dolls legs are tangled! S is one of those kids that rarely does something that is even the wee bit inappropriate or wrong without following it up with an apology or compliment either. Which is so double ended as just as I’m about to loose it day or middle of the night she will throw out there something like “thanks mom, now you can go get some sleep” or “you are so beautiful”
K’s sleeping routine knock on wood has been a walk in the room, lay in his bed and find him the exact same way as you laid him the next day kind of sleeper. Very similar to his dad! He loves for his dad to do it! He adores Joe and hits the ground running to him when he walks in the door! Heck the kid can hear Joe’s truck coming around the corner from the other end of the house!
Needless to say the quote un-quote question of mama’s boy and daddy’s girl doesn’t exist in this house and we are good with this…most days;)
Anyway, back to our week wrap up! With the Easter holiday here we had in laws over for dinner which was great as we don’t see them enough so a quick Italian dressing chicken marinade went in the fridge, the kiddos assisted in baking a cheesecake-always fun! They eat each step I put it together! Made a quick pasta salad while they were hunting for the mini dinosaurs I hid around the house.
We tried our hand at the baby dinosaur eggs…let’s just say I will be trying again this week! They just didn’t stick together as well as I thought but the kids sure enjoyed putting their hands in the bowl of baking soda and food coloring as I added the citric acid and oil. It was so soft! If you are interested here is the site I got the recipe from http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/10/diy-bath-bombs-magic-hatching-dinosaur.html. I will say I read you can use pickling salt in place of citric acid so maybe this was my error. I will get the real thing and let you know the outcome as these two LOVE dinosaurs so doing anything with them is a blast!
With the bunny on the mind this morning we ran to the dollar candy section at our grocery store to get two bags of jelly beans. We came home and started to dig small holes to bury them as we are hoping they will grow into bigger candies by morning!
On the subject of candy…my sister and brother in law are AMAZING each holiday they send these two a box of goodies. They couldn’t wait to open their Easter box this morning so at 8:30 a.m. We did just that! So much cute stuff bunny ears, tail, cute shirts for each, and of course a few pieces of chocolate. Well I haven’t said but K is a chocolate hound! Papa and Grandma brought them huge chocolate bars which I said ok it’s a holiday you can have just a little! He wanted half before dinner! Well this morning he went crazy when he saw the chocolate! Stomping with excitement wanting it open. I said after lunch he wasn’t giving up! I finally said if you can get open you can have thinking ya right he’s two I’m good! Ha! He immediately had S ripping them open while he jammed the peanut butter eggs in his mouth quicker then I could do anything but laugh as he was so proud they worked it out and were successful!
Well it’s a beautiful day here so we hope everyone enjoys and has a wonderful Easter!

Spring In Wisconsin…

What’s going on in the world of Spring in Wisconsin…it’s Wednesday in April & just reached 55 today! It was 75 this past Saturday! This is by far the craziest winter/spring I know of!

Oil Pulling has been a craze for me that I started this week!
I know you have probably read about this in the past but I have just discovered it and think its great! I think Sid & Kole are enjoying it as well…it requires me to not talk for twenty minutes each morning! By now if you don’t know me I will be the first to say this is terribly hard for me! By the end of the first day both kids were doing the little sign language they do know to me! Sid was saying can you just talk! My airplane directions while I pulled & they made pudding must have had their heads spinning!!
I will mention I am by no means a dr so don’t truly know if any of this does anything so I will update you on my personal experience in a few weeks!
I am going to see how this goes as the benefits I’ve read (who knows if any really work) sound great! Whiter teeth, jaw discomfort relief, overall feeling healthier!

What else is new in our crazy house besides oil pulling? We are still kale smoothing it up! The house favorite is mango/pineapple it seems to fill me up the most out of those tried! I think next week we will start doing veggie smoothies! Keep you posted!

The cold weather this week had me back to saying what can we do indoors as I’m not feeling the bundling up two toddlers to go read at the library or burn off energy at the gymnastic center. So we have been doing random acts of fun! Packaging up our homemade Easter gifts to get sent to family (baby chicks made of tissue paper & tiny plastic bead sun catchers). We also turned the playroom into a not so cute sheet fort…dad is way better at creating these things! Made Pudding & put in Easter egg molds. Who knows what “fun” I will think of next as there are still two days left in this week! Hoping to go break up some dirt in my new berm after nap today!
If you need ideas of fun & easy things to do with your toddlers feel free to check out my kids board via pintrest! I know there are a ton of activities out there to do. I will be honest I have tried many that say perfect for toddlers & failed miserably! So I also try to post what we do on my completed board but you will likely read about it here!
Enjoy your day!

Smoothies on the Daily

Ok so this week i decided I would give the world of kale & smoothies a whirl!
Well this unique green that some have said some marketing genius said it was a smart food & everyone ran to their grocery store & started incorporate it in their daily diet….well I guess I fell for that geniuses trap!!
I first tasted kale & thought hmm it’s kind of got a bitterness to it…I’m sure it’s something a little fruit will mask & I will be smart in no time! Lol
So day 1 I did strawberry, banana & lactose free milk (did I mention I’m lactose intolerant?).
Day 2 banana & mango (frozen)
Day 3 strawberry & banana
Day 4 pineapple (frozen) & mango (frozen)…most filling
Day 5 banana & orange (fresh)
Well the kids have turned into kale & fruit lovers…hoping to create the next Einstein or two;) shockingly as they are strawberry fanatics they said day 4 was there favorite?!
I definitely think this is going to be a daily routine for our family as we all enjoy & it provides so many great nutrients! Keep you posted…
If you haven’t tried the craze I recommend it.

A little bit about Kale for your reading pleasure.
Credit to http://www.mindbodygreen.com for providing this insight.
Comments BY ALISON LEWIS
APRIL 2, 2012 3:30 PM EDT

Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.

2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

Where do I begin…

I am Amanda a 33 year old wife & mom. My husband Joe & I have been married 4 years. We have a daughter Sidnee who is three. We have a son Kole who is two. I in my previous life (pre kids) was a sales manager at a resort here in Wisconsin! Once Kole arrived we decided our family would benefit from having me stay home with these two munchkins. Well they are now three & two & let me tell you…there are days I’m not sure this is actually scratch that I know corporate America is easier. Yes you have a boss who has many expectations/demands of you daily. Two toddlers have expectations/demands every minute of you. “Mommy play, Mommy clean my hands, etc….” I don’t ever discount a working mom or dad’s role. My husband is a small business owner who works many long days to provide for us & we appreciate him very much! It’s just different…

Why did I decide a blog was a great idea for me & my family now?
Well one day as I was being managed by our now 2 year old son Kole during a day of being beyond sick with some crazy bug that had me for lack of better words In the bathroom struggling to crawl out most of the day. I was having a conversation a few days later with one of my corporate, recently married, cute as a button girlfriends with no little ones managing her just yet! She asked how we were I told her crazy as usual! Sharing with her how I had to sit Kole on Sid’s princess potty with fruit snacks as I laid with my head on the toilet not knowing how I would make it 3 more hours until Joe came home. She laughed through the entire story and at the end said “Is this real life?! Please start a blog!” I laughed and then thought well maybe…a few months later and here we are!

I hope you enjoy reading about the craziness of being managed by 2!

I will also mention here I am by no means an English major, a dr, a nurse, or a teacher (at least certified). So as you read my blog please do keep these key facts in mind;)