Thursday, February 20, 2014


I have had a rough two weeks with my health. I have felt miserable with cold/sinus infection symptoms, started feeling better thanks to Prednisone, and am now back to feeling miserable again. Feeling like that while working (walking in a school cafeteria) two hours a day and attempting to taking care of my family has left me with absolutely no energy left to write blog posts. The only reason you have been getting them for the past two weeks is because I have been using up my "rainy day" blog posts. And now I've used them all up. I'm sorry for the lapse. I promise I will be back to posting as soon as I can!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


I had to share this picture with all of you. I've gotta say I am so proud of myself for this realization. This is one of my pantry shelves. And not really even a full shelf as there's a big ol' box filled with a punch bowl set taking up the left hand side of the shelf. So, it's more like half a shelf. Half a shelf of processed foods, that I use for the dinners, in my house (not including random various things in my fridge). Half a shelf people! 

I know that some of you are thinking, "Come on. Who cares? No big deal!". Yeah I guess not if you are just looking at it from an outside perspective. However, I'd like to share that up til two years ago every single meal in my house had some type of processed food in it. Which my body does not handle as well as the fresh-from-the-fridge-type-foods. 

Don't get me wrong I still used the easy boxed sides and such. Because, some days it's just easier if we're all in a hurry to get somewhere. And, yeah it's a whole lot easier on the budget to not shop solely on the outside of the grocery store, so there are still times I bust out the good ol' box of kraft mac and cheese if money is tight. But most days I make dinner from scratch. And I'm pretty proud of myself for that. :o)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Busy Baby Resting Mommy

I know it has been a bazillion years since I have posted a Busy Baby Resting Mommy blog post. My girly and I just did something the other day that was worthy of posting for you. :o)

What you'll need...
Container of Water (A cookie sheet with sides might make a great effect
Dish soap

This article on says the experiment works because..."When you add detergent to water the surface tension of the water is lowered. Water normally bulges up a bit, like what you see when you look at a water drop. When the surface tension is lowered, the water wants to spread out. As the water flattens on the dish, the pepper that is floating on top of the water is carried to the outer edge of the plate as if by magic."

This is a pretty easy experiment and really simple to understand. So, need to rest up? Give the kiddo a bowl of water, dish soap, and pepper and tell them to go to town!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day

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Ha ha ha This just made me laugh so hard! And then it made me think about this video...

Oh, wow, okay that made me laugh even harder!!

Hope you have a squirrely happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making Snow Cones Out of Snow

So much of our country is covered in snow right now. I am beginning to despise this fact! (Especially when I can't even walk my girly to the bus stop without having to walk into the street. :o( ) I am ready to have a temper tantrum I am so sick of this snow!

With that in mind I decided to find some fun (and yummy) things to do with all this snow. And with snow coming to our area on Wednesday night (with the weatherman, once again, not knowing how much we'll actually be getting) I will be taking advantage of these ideas for sure!!

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Make Snow Ice Cream! 
Yum! Here is a link to who has a really simple recipe to make some.

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Make Snow Candy!
Great Ideas has instructions about how to make maple candy with the help of snow. If you click the link it'll take you to it.

My girly and I have made something similar in the past. I melt some butter, light corn syrup, and brown sugar in a pan until it was completely mixed together and then poured it in the snow. It ends up tasting something like a caramel. Mmmm...

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Snow Snowcones!
Sounds good to me! Solofoods has some yummy looking recipes for snow cone flavorings. I think I would be likely to just add greneadine to the ones we made. And maybe a little "splash of something extra" in Mama's snowcone.  *wink wink*

Snow Painting
Grab a cookie tray, fill it with snow, and pat it down. Repeat one more time. Find a spray bottle in your house. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I've even stooped to emptying out the last bit of window cleaner out of it's bottle, and washing it very well, to use in crafts that are not edible. Fill the water bottle with water and add your kiddo's choice of food coloring. Let them spray the snow with it. Lots of fun!

Snow Volcano!!
This just looks like SOOO much fun to me and I honestly can't wait to try it with L! All the instructions can be found here at Growingajeweledrose.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Day Trip

My hubbster decided to surprise L and I with a day trip. It's the first day that has been relatively "warm" in forever. So we wanted to take advantage of it. We heard that the lake, at our favorite camp ground, was frozen over. As in, people were ice fishing on the middle of the lake, frozen over. While, this most likely has happened many times in the past, this is something I have never seen in the 31 years that I have been camping there with my family.

The sun was out for our trip. That alone made me happy as I soaked in it's rays of warmth. Add that to the fact that I always feel as if I am "going home" when I am on my way to this campground, because of all the amazing memories attached to the place, and I was giddy. Like a puppy! If I had a tail I would have been wagging it!

To give you a full idea of what we got to see today here are some photos of what we are used to
seeing when we go to the lake.

Instead when we got to the lake we found all of this...
 Hello crazieness!!
 Boy did I have fun watching her walk across the ice to get to the snow covered section of lake!

 Ice fishing!

 We walked the entire length of that lake. Right across the middle, which is something like twenty feet deep!
 A frozen ice fishing hole. I loved the little air bubble that got trapped when it froze.
 I love the "line" in this picture!
I know I silly getting so geeked out about walking across a frozen lake. Oh well!!

Now I am recuperating on the couch. Turns out the sun was really shiny for us, but the wind froze us through. Brrr! So my body decided later on in the evening that it was REALLY not happy with me for this trek. I'm willing to deal with it for such a fun experience.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ice Day

 Wednesday was our "ice day" at home. We've had so many snow days that we're tacking them onto the end of the school year. Yuck!
 Since we were home regardless we decided to make the most of it. Here are some pictures of our day.
This is my favorite. L had on her footies all day as well. I had been meaning to take a picture of our feet all day and forgot. So I figured I'd take one after she took her footies off anyway.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sjogren's Showers

Lately, I have had many irritating Sjogren's issues popping up. One or two of those alone really aren't that big of a deal. But having many minor problems all at the same time can weigh on a person.When it rains it pours.

Now I feel as if I am coming down with something. And, truthfully, I'm not 100% if I ACTUALLY am sick or if my body is just really mad at me for running myself down and exposing myself to so many germs at work. Guess we'll see. In the meantime I feel like I need to find a big ol' umbrella. Now,

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


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Temps have mostly been below freezing in my part of PA for a couple of weeks now. And I can't seem to get myself warm enough.

As I was dashing to the car, the other day, I was too impatient to put gloves on. About ten minutes into my drive I looked down at my hand and noticed that my hand was a purple-ish red-ish color. All except about a one inch portion of skin that was a brilliant white color. When I poked the area it was completely numb. It was a very freaky experience to me as I have never had something quite like that happen to me before. Fortunately my mom was in the car with me. When I showed her my hand she said, "Oh yeah, You're dealing Raynaud's. That's what I have happen too.".

According to the Mayo Clinic's website...

"Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers, toes, the tip of your nose and your ears — to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas."

So, at least I knew what I was dealing with, thanks to my mom being there with me, but it was still highly disconcerting. I wonder if I have more of that fun in store for me this winter?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Scam Artist

My girly, it seems, has finally caught on that sometimes we just have to do things differently to accommodate on "bad Sjogren's days". My husband has called for "pizza and couch" dinners in the past. I have sat on a stool while puttering around the kitchen and driven not even half a block to drop L off at the bus stop to avoid standing outside in the cold. Recently, I have been seen wandering my house in layers of clothing with my housecoat on top of it all, wrapped in my winter scarf (yes, an actual scarf not the thin pretty decorative kind), hood up with a few hand warmers haphazardly shoved into the big pocket of my sweatshirt hoodie, several pairs of socks and a worn in pair of "fur" lined slippers add to the look, while my hands furiously grip a steaming cup of drink. I really do look like I decided to wear everything I own all at the same time. Thank goodness my family (and anyone who might show up at my house) knows why I would look like that because otherwise I'm pretty sure that I just look like a nut job with a little bit of crazy old cat lady thrown in there for good measure. Oh my!

This morning while we were snuggling in bed my girly noticed all the layers. I saw her eyes were alight with the same glee they held the night before as she picked out her dessert following dinner and then I heard her sweet little voice say,

"Mama, I really think it would be a good idea for you to have some hot chocolate this afternoon to warm you up. ...And I can have some too to keep you company!"

That little scam artist!!! Who does she think she is?! Clearly, we need to have a chat about not using empathy for your own advantages. Well!.......

....Can't forget the whip cream!....

....After she's in bed!