Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Chex Mix

This is one of those things that always shows up at the office I work in around Christmas. Surprisingly, it's also one of the things I have never made before, despite loving it. So I found this great recipe that can be made in the slow cooker and adapted it to be gluten free. This is great to make while your oven is tied up baking cookies and treats! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Personalized Gifts – Posterjack’s Acrylic Blocks

Ahh…the Holiday season is here, time for decorating, baking,  parties and of course trying to find the perfect gifts for those special people in your life. It seems there is always one person on your list that is hard to buy for or has everything.

I find especially when shopping for my parents or grandparents it’s hard to know what to get for them. Typically they have everything they need and since we also live on opposite ends of the country it’s hard to know their day to day habits, favorite treats  or favorite place to go for coffee.

One gift that I find always works though is something personal, such as a framed family portrait or just a fun one of the kids. Now since these are special people in your life sometimes not just any framed photo will do.

This is where it’s great to turn to Posterjack for unique options such as their acrylic blocks. Add a special photograph sure to be cherished for years to come. Personally,  I think a picture of a child’s artwork would look really neat printed on these as well. A great gift for the grandparents who are too far away and it will last for years!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

'Twas the last night in November

I sat down and wrote this after our daughter woke up over an hour early one day this week just a wee bit excited to see what was left in the advent calendar. Enjoy!

‘Twas the last night in November, when all through the house
Tree and decorations were found, including the book “The Christmas Mouse”.
The Advent calendar was hung with care,
With hopes in the morning a treat would be found there.

The parents convinced the kids to go to their beds,
Who only protested a bit before pulling up the bedspread!
Sharing of treats not an option, they placed not one but two
Without getting caught by their kids, Whew!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My last day off: Halloween and hot dogs

There are a number of different things I tend to do on my days off from work. Most of the time it does not involve a day spent on the couch watching TV (that is typically reserved for sick days when I actually incapable of doing anything other than flipping channels on the remote). 

Sometimes I have appointments scheduled for myself and the kids, sometimes its grocery shopping or chores around the house. On occasion, I do actually plan to at least go out for lunch with my hubby  since we do after all have free childcare given the kids are in school on my day off usually.

Last year I signed up for the Parent Advisory Committee at my daughter's school. This was something I never did at my son's school in his elementary years for various reasons. The main reason being I just never truly felt I had a lot in common with most of the other parents in the school.  My daughter's elementary school though is a different story, there is a real sense of community there and the whole school itself just has a whole different atmosphere.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer break: What it means for Special Needs Parents

At the beginning of June, school to wind down, the focus for the most part that month is on sports days, field trips, honor roll and school awards.

Parents and kids alike are celebrating everywhere you look.

Parents of special needs find themselves, exhausted from a school year spent making sure their kids needs were met, already planning for the next school year.