Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: September 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Play dough 101

I found out after it was already over, but September 16th was National Play dough (or Play-doh if you buy the name brand stuff) day. We love play dough so I thought I would share our favorite recipe.

I have been using this recipe ever since it was sent home with Nathan back when he was in preschool. It lasts for so long and makes for a great activity making it along with your kids. This recipe is nice and easy and takes very little time and is a nice inexpensive toy for your kids. I love that play dough provides many learning opportunities including Measuring, observing reactions (science) and with the addition of cutters in shapes, alphabets, etc the learning continues through play.  This recipe makes enough in one batch to split it up and customize with different colors too!

Smelly Play dough

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Trip down memory lane...Childhood home

When I read through the writing prompts at Mama Kat's I wasn't sure at first what I was going to write about. That is until we had an appointment to go look at a house for sale.

There were many homes we lived in growing up as on average we moved every three years. When we walked into one house this week I noticed right away how it was very similar to the last house I lived in with my Parents before I left home at the age of 17!

It got a little weirder though when I went into the bedroom around the corner after climbing the stairs. The bedroom that at my parents house was mine. The door opened into a room that was painted blue, the same colour of blue that my room was. Then I noticed that there was a daybed in the room, in the same spot that my daybed was located in my room.

I called Jeremy over and since we met in high school and he had seen the room I told him to come look. He noticed right away the similarities and we had a little chuckle over it. In the end there were a few things we didn't like about the house so I am actually happy to not end up living in the house with a replica of my former bedroom. Honestly it was actually a little creepy!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WW: Another Great Family Photo {Linky}

I love this photo that our friend Nancy took this summer for us. It worked out perfect when needed a photo last week to enter a contest to win a family adventure in our city. I  would greatly appreciate it if you would VOTE for us! Voting is closing soon on September 30th and voters are eligible to vote once every 24 hours. Thanks in advance for your help!

Link up your WW post below.  Consider leaving a comment, I enjoy reading each one.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me #MQAM

This great little Blog Hop is hosted by Heather at Acting Balanced and Wayne at Touristic.  

Heather posts 4 questions on Sunday evening and includes a linky list, so be sure to link up after posting your questions/answers.  You also have the option of adding in your own question.

And now for this weeks Questions 

1. What room in the house do you try your hardest to keep clean?

Hmm..I guess my living room.

2. How do you describe your blog to someone you just met?

I don't tell lots of people about it really, but I guess a place to come an get updates on our family, with recipes, crafts and reviews and giveaways.

3. What was your lie from last week?  (If you didn't play last week, What was your favorite cartoon you watched as a kid?)

My lie was that I completed a year of college. I failed my third practicum so was not able to move onto fourth practicum and complete the year

4. What is your favorite kind of salad? (post a recipe if you got one)

My new favorite is watermelon, cucumber and feta cheese. 

And don't forget to add a 5th Question on your own blog so we can answer as we hop around!

My 5th question this week is ...

What is the one feature you would not compromise on when buying a house? 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

What makes me a {Crappy} Mother

**Photo Thanks to Granola Babies**

I saw this picture posted this week and thought, “How nice, moms supporting each other even if they have different beliefs, we are all moms who just want the best for our children”. What I didn’t find out until a few days later was that over on the Facebook page of one of my Favourite Blogs, Jen @ Life with Levi had posted this and gotten some not so nice responses and some people who were being downright nasty over a discussion about circumcising boys.

Jen posted up this great meme, I’m a crappy Mom ” and I just knew I had to join in. So here is my list of reasons why I am a *crappy* mom

My son was circumcised. 

My Children are vaccinated and will continue to be.

I breastfeed my son for four months then went back to work and used my coffee breaks to “pump”. After one month I stopped as he preferred the bottle.

I breastfeed my daughter for ten months. She bit me. I tried to get her to stop, she wouldn’t so I stopped and used formula.

I play Beyblades with my son even though making a spinning top battle another top in an arena does not appeal to me at all.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Quiz About me

This is a great little blog hop hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic

Answer the question below on your own blog and be sure to head to Acting Balanced to link up your post

1. Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?

2. What was your favorite game to play as a child?

3. What person in history would you most like to meet?

4. Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself...

And don't forget to add a 5th Question on your own blog so we can answer as we hop around!

My Answers:

1. Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?

I don't think that a certain book changed my life but books certainly were useful to me as a kid leading an isolated life it was one of the few things I was able to do as we lived far from my friends.

2. What was your favorite game to play as a child?

I loved playing the game of Life with my younger of course I bought it for my son. I don't find it so much fun now but suffer through it for his sake.

3. What person in history would you most like to meet?

I can't come up with anyone in particular....

4. Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself...

I have had my drivers licence for over 10 years but only been driving for just over two years.
I have never done a cartwheel
I completed one year of college

So which one do you think is the lie??

My 5th question this week is ...

Who do you most admire in your life and why?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fabulous Friday Post #3

So apparently I was so excited that Friday rolled around I completely forgot to post this yesterday. (Actually I was really busy but let's all just pretend it is still Friday)

1. As much as summer as great it makes cooking challenging again. It was nice to start cooking some Fall meals again. This week we tried a gluten free recipe for taco soup from Five Dollar Dinners in the crock pot. This site has lots of great easy to make recipes, and is well organized by categories to help you find recipe to meet your needs.

2. These sites have some great ideas for kids playrooms. Lots of inspiration to be found.

3. I am already looking forward to biting into these wonderful treats I will be making for a pot luck next week as it has been awhile since I made them and they are oh so good!

Enjoy your week!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Costume Discounters Pirate Costume Review

Ahoy Mateys!

My son loves to dress up around the house so we have a bunch of Halloween costumes that he uses year round. He has used each one to dress up for School at Halloween everything from Darth Vader to SpongeBob Squarepants and Harry Potter. But like any boy he loves to play pirates and  so he was super excited to get the opportunity to review a Pirate Costume from Costume

Wearing his Captain Jack Sparrow Deluxe costume ($39.99) this buccaneer was ready to sail across the oceans! We ordered a size medium which is meant for a child aged 7-10 years old. Being on the skinnier side, at ten years old his measurements were just right for this size. If we had of gone up in size the belt would have been too large for his waist. I would recommend the size large (good for ages 10-12) for the average child at this age.

My favorite part of this costume was the all in one style. The vest is attached to the shirt and the belt to the vest so there are not multiple accessory pieces to worry about losing!

If you have a child who loves learning about pirates as much as mine I would definitely suggest you check out Costume Discounters. The sale prices are a perfect time to stock up for the Dress Up container at your house or grab some deals for new Halloween Costumes for the entire family from their fabulous selection in sizes ranging from Babies to Adults.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WW: A great weekend of fun {with linky}

This past weekend we headed to the annual camp that is organized by the local Hearing Society we are involved with for our daughter and had a great time. The site is amazing and has cabins and tons of fun activities like rock climbing wall, zip line etc. 

The little diva hanging out at the beach

Banana Boats..If you have not tried one of these,  you must!  Slit the banana down middle, add mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap in tinfoil and cook over fire till banana is soft. Super yummy!

A sweet ride

This is what happens when you wipe soot on your hands and then  rub your face. He even got an award for having the dirtiest face at camp!

Please link up your WW post below. Leave me  a comment too,  I love to read them!

A winning Combination: Textbook Rentals that help Children

Many years ago, over twelve to be exact I went to college for one year. While it has been awhile, the one thing I can vividly remember is the cost of all the Text books I needed during that time. 

I recently learned about a company in the US that can help out with this expense. Campus Book Rentals rents textbooks, saving you 40-90 % off of bookstore prices. They also offer free shipping both ways and you are allowed to highlight in the textbooks too!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fabulous Friday Post #2

This list is a little smaller than last week but I had to work two overtime shifts this week so have been short on time.

1. I am super excited that this family has a new addition to their family. Thor is a boy who lives near me and has been diagnosed with Autism. He recently traveled all the way to Ohio to get a service dog and they are now home. I am proud to say I donated what I could to help make this happen! This will help out his mom so much.

2. I found this interesting list over at Mama NYC..Unique Holidays in September I never knew existed. I don't think it is a coincidence that the very month kids go back to school is also National Head lice Prevention Month.

3. We love Halloween in this house, so what would be better than a site dedicated to this Haunting Holiday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Writer's Workshop: When I was Younger


I played outside for hours at a time
Just  had to be sure to be home in time to hear the dinner bell chime
True latchkey kids, I watched my brother when we got home from school
Slouch socks and neon clothes were cool
At school slap bracelets were put on a banned list of toys
But not before we experienced so many joys
Our first home computer was a commodore 64
Which made word processing a chore
Chuck E. Cheese was the place to be
Every  store gave plastic bags for free
I owned a Walkman and knew how to rewind a cassette
My school even had instruments, I played the clarinet
Michael Jackson and PeeWee Herman were great in my books
Big hair was the latest in looks
When I was younger I thought this all was so cool
Kids nowadays would certainly think I was a fool

Now  I am older and have kids of my own
That I get to drive all over town
My son wears skinny jeans and wants his hair long
But at least his pants don’t start at his knees, this is just wrong
He talks of Beyblades and Pokeman , I simply smile and nod
Putting on a good fa├žade
Moms schedule play dates and carry around a cell phone
More and more adult kids still live at home
My almost four year old is used to playing games online
Can work a computer and use Netflix just fine
Groceries can be ordered and brought to your door
With online shopping I can get that and more
IPOD’s are all the rage and DVD’s and Blue ray are so neat
And kids think it is all so “sweet”

My younger self would be shocked to see the world now
I would likely say “Holy Cow”

This was written for Mama Kat's weekly Writers Workshop which I just found.  Every week she posts a list of choices for writing prompts and if you choose to post on one (or more) you can link up to her blog!

Mama’s Losin’ It


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Milk Unleashed Shelf Stable Milk (Blog App and Giveaway)

Are you ready for back to school yet? I have most of the stuff my son needs for when he goes back tomorrow. More importatnly are you ready for the challenge of ensuring your child has nutritious, easy to eat lunches? While packing a nice cold milk in your child's lunch can be a great nutritionally sound drink option, there is the need for refrigeration. 

Well,  there is a great alternative that does not require refrigeration. I am talking about shelf stable milks. The single servings offered by the following companies - Hershey’s, LaLa, Horizon and Organic Valley are a great way to provide a nutitrous lunchtime drink option  As we always toss an easy to eat snack into a bag before heading out to a park or other attraction, this is also great for those situations too. Go here to find out what each company offers and some other great information too. I learned that these products have all the same great nutrients and vitamins as regular milk, but by pasteurizing the milk at high temperatures this product can stay on the shelf up to 6 months!

We go through a lot of milk with four people consuming it on a daily basis and since some of the above companies offer larger carton sizes it would be great to have some containers of shelf stable milk in the pantry to avoid the mad dash to the grocery store to get some.

Milk Unleashed has great app below complete with snacks and activities, tips and a great quiz to help you discover what  type of On-The-Go Family you are!

The best part, one of my lucky US readers is going to win a variety pack of shelf stable milk. The variety pack will include four shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) a cow stress ball and information on shelf stable milk. 

Enter on the Rafflecopter Form below and good luck! 

I will be receiving my own Milk Unleashed pack for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.