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Summer Reading

We love summer reading programs at our house.  My kids love keeping track of how many minutes/books they've read and the incentive prizes that the library gives them.  I love that they are having fun learning.  This summer is especially fun because my daughter has started reading books on her own too.  Our goal this summer is to read every kids book we own (that's a lot!)  We've taken them off their dusty shelves hidden back in the bedroom and brought them to our book nook in the living room.  Then once we've read the book it goes back on the (hopefully) less dusty shelf.  We still have a long way to go...good thing we have all summer!

For those of you Mommies unfamiliar with TumbleBooks I wanted to share a link with you.  TumbleBooks is a great source for the kids to go to when you're making dinner, mopping the floors, calming the baby, mowing the lawn, showering, dusting the get my drift.  It's basically the computer reading to your child and depending on the reading level shows the illustrations as well.  And let's face's a nice change from video games and movies.

Happy Summer Reading!! 


You've been EGGED!

Anyone looking for a friday night family activity?  A group of darling Young Women from our church targeted families with young children and "egged" their houses...without the mess.

They hid 12 plastic eggs in our front yard and then doorbell ditched a basket with the following sign:  "We've been egged!"  My kids were so excited and now every time someone rings the doorbell they scream "Maybe we've been egged!!!"

The idea was rounded up from HERE and there was a cute easter basket sitting on our doorstep with the sign and poem.  We'll definitely be doing this next year for others.

Happy Easter!


Dressing (or not Fully Dressing) Little Girls

You may have seen this great editorial, but I love how he really expresses that there is no need for little girls to be dressing inappropriately and if they are doing so, it is most likely because adults are buying them questionable clothing. It is a great and thought-provoking quick read and I thought that the implications he lays down at the end for the early "sexualization of girls" is so sad, I hope that parents will reconsider what they are letting their kids wear.


A Natural Mother

We recently discovered that you can watch a live stream of Eagles from Decorah, Iowa online.  It is INCREDIBLE!  There are 3 eaglets that hatched in April and it is so interesting to see the mother eagle care for her young.  The father has brought back fish and rabbit to the nest and we have seen the mother feeding it to her young.  We keep the live feed on while we are playing in the living room and often check on our new friends.  You can even turn up the sound and listen to their hungry chirps...which doesn't sound anything like my young when he's hungry!

It has been a great source of education in our home with my kids but it has also instilled in me a deep gratitude for my role as a mother and caretaker of little ones who depend on me for life. 

Click HERE to see for yourself and enjoy!


Shredded Beef Burritos :) YUMMO

So the roast you made for french dip sandwiches the other night made up a lot more meat than you thought. Have no fear! This recipe is a perfect way to use up that leftover beef. Or if you used all your meat with the sandwiches and are looking for a good shredded beef burrito recipe, this is the one for you! This recipe comes from and I've done a little tweaking. I will let you know what the tweaks are when I get to them! Here's what you'll need: 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/8 tsp garlic powder) 4 tomatoes, chopped (We're talking small to medium-sized tomatoes, not big massive ones or you'll have tomatoes coming out your ears.) 2 c. shredded cooked roast beef 1 (8 oz) jar taco sauce (I bought the Taco Bell brand at Walmart.) 1 (4 oz) can diced green chili peppers 1/2 tsp cumin 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) 6 flour tortillas, warmed 1 1/2 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese (The original recipe called for Cheddar, but I like the taste of the mixed Mexican blend cheese you can find in the bag.) 2 c. shredded lettuce the green chilies really make the flavor so try really hard to put those in! What to do: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is transparent. Then mix in the tomatoes. (PS If you're not using the onion and using garlic powder instead of clove, heat up the oil then just add the tomatoes.) Then add the roast beef, taco sauce, green chilies, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer uncovered until thickened. (The recipe says to let it simmer for 25 minutes but mine only needed to simmer for about 5 minutes. Huge difference! Just let it all thicken up a bit and you'll be fine.) Add about half the cheese and mix together. (This wasn't in the recipe but I did this and it was rockin'.) Put the tortillas in the microwave one at a time for about 10 seconds. Fill each one with about 2/3 c. of the mixture. If you would like them just as these are, sprinkle a little more cheese in it and add lettuce and sour cream. Roll it up and enjoy. OR after you put the mixture in the tortilla pinch in the sides, roll it up like a burrito, and put it in a glass baking dish. Do this for all the tortillas. Then pour the leftover mixture over the top of the burritos and put them in the oven covered with foil for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Take them out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over them. Allow the cheese to melt before serving. (This was the way I made them. They were SO good!)


Motherhood Blog

Hi everyone! So I'm putting up another link, sorry, but this one is a little too great not to share. One of my friends has been really researching the role of motherhood and the divine characteristics of womanhood. She has been putting up her findings on her blog and her findings have been strengthening me in my efforts to be the best mom I can. I hope that you enjoy reading some of her great insights!


Housewife MacGyver

So, the adorable Lorene of Just Lu fame has come up with a fun series for 2011:

Housewife MacGyver

She is going to be focusing on different self-reliance ideas each month to help us all learn more about utilizing our resources more efficiently. I love this idea and know that I will find out a lot of interesting things from this fun series. I hope that you are all having a great 2011 so far. Happy new year!