Happy New Years!

I know it’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted.  I hope this post finds you all well.  

Today marks the official end of a month long illness for my family.  As a mother of multiple children, I know many of you have faced similar circumstances.. But I have to say that caring for 3 young ones virtually alone can be a very daunting task.  You think you’ve just gotten one of them well, and the very same day the next one falls ill.  Then it seems the very next day, the one you thought was well, is right back down with it.  Phew!!
So, here we sit at the dentist.  It just amazes me.  They put you on a waiting list, and never call.  Then, you run into a problem, and *thankfully* get you in right away… Then want to do the work that should’ve been done months ago.  Ok, works for me, I guess.  
6 hours later…..
We spent the better part of the evening at the dentist.  We got there about 2:45 and you’ll never guess when we left!  My goodness that was a long appointment!  He was taken in almost immediately after we got him signed in, and by the time we left it was 5:45!  My poor little bug.  He was in there 3 hours! But.. He made it through like a champ!  He had a cleaning, X-rays, a filling, a baby root canal (nowhere near what an adult root canal is, from what I’m told) and a crown.  No more spacer, as his first one broke and insurance wouldn’t pay for a replacement..  Don’t EVEN get me started on that.  Poor little man was tender and sore by the time we got home, but like my little tough guy.. I heard nary a word.  Got him some pain meds and he was happy as a clam to play on his iPad until bedtime.  He’s now snuggled in like a bug in a rug and no more dentist for another month.  Phew!  Almost done with this and then it should be smooth sailing from then on!!
I’ll bid you adieu for now, and be back tomorrow with our third installment of Earning money and gift cards!  Watch for the new post forthcoming!

Boy are you brave!

Well, you wanted them to have the great experience of…  Dun dun duuuunnn… The sleepover!  WHAT were you thinking??  You already have 3, so you’re thinking what’s 3 more right?  “I can handle this!”

WRONG!  Whatever your imagination has created for you in that perfect little world known as your mind, throw it out!!  Dump that right in the trash!
Those party games you planned?  HA!  Too babyish.  The movies that you picked out and rented thinking they’d be perfect? HA! Better plan on settling in with the hubs for a movie night, because they want nothing to do with what you’ve chosen!
The world of sleepovers and slumber parties as you knew them are a thing of the past.  The “hit” at parties nowadays? The pizza (of course), the tablets (Apple or android doesn’t matter as long as you have youtube and netflix), and an xbox.  They are quiet and content, with the occasional giggle-fest.
So much for the days of monopoly, scrabble and scattergories, unless of course they’re electronic!
Ahhh, tomorrow is a new day.  Tomorrow they go OUTSIDE!  Tomorrow will be filled with hide and seek, laser tag, nerf wars and whatever else I can come up with to keep them going!  Oh wait!  There goes my fantasizing again.  
I guess we wait to see what morning holds.  There may not be enough caffeine in the house!
Wish me luck y’all!

Home made or store bought?

Over the past few years, I have tried doing things the old fashioned way… Some may call it the cheap way.  However you look at it, that’s me.  I will try anything once if it will save my family money. If it works well, I gladly continue.

Up until I got pregnant with my youngest, I was making my own laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and yes.. Even my own shampoo!  You would not BELIEVE how much money you can truly save going this route, not to mention how much better your clothes even feel when you put them on!  
Did you know that using vinegar instead of fabric softener will make your clothes nice and soft?  Imagine!  How much do you spend on softener?  At least $3-5, right?  How much is vinegar??  It’s CRAZY, the little changes you can make to cut corners and increase your budget little by little.
Well, I have just found a new way to make laundry soap that I am DYING to try.  Thought that I’d give it a shot, make up a batch and see how much better I like it.  I am again sick and tired of paying upwards of $10 just because I like the smell of a certain laundry soap.  I’m so done and OVER it!
If you, like me, like to save money and would like to try your hand at making this laundry soap.. Stick around.  I’ll be making this new recipe this weekend and will keep you posted as to how well it works and a cost comparison!  I’ll even take photos of the process so you can see step by step how it’s done.
Can’t wait to get this going!  Almost so excited I can’t sleep!

From an Everyday Mom

Ok, so I’m not going for Mom of the Year here, but at least I CAN say that my children and their happiness is my top priority.  I am a mom of all trades, and a master of none.  I am raising two girls and a boy, and I must say that raising one over the other is NOT any easier.  Boys are just as complex of a creature as their female counterparts.  They still have their mood swings; the tantrums; the meltdowns.  We still have our good days and our bad ones.

Through this blog, I hope to show you all that while being a mom is not the easiest job in the world, it IS the most rewarding.  Here we can talk about the day to day life, from the mundane to the most exciting.  We can talk about couponing and recipes; cloth diapering versus disposables.  We can talk about the joys and heartache of working outside the home; and working FROM home.  We can talk about the trials and tribulations of being, simply put, the “stay at home mom.”  They are all WONDERFUL experiences!
Like you all, I believe I have a grasp on what works for my family.  My hope is that together we can find what will work for you as well!
I would love to share my life with you; my knowledge, my opinions, and whatever else you may seek to know.  Stick with me, as together we can learn and grow!