Monday, June 27, 2016

The Life We Never Expected

Parents of children with special needs face enormous challenges. They face a different journey in life than many parents. But it doesn't mean that it's a bad journey. It's just a different one than they expected. In their new book Rachel and Andrew Wilson tell their story of parenting children with special needs.

The Story

In this book the authors are honest about their emotions about dealing with the life of a parent who has a child with special needs. They expected children who were going to be what the world calls normal, but they received children who were different from the norm. They question why this has happened to them. And how they have to deal with coming up with different expectations for their children due to their special needs.

What I Liked

I liked that these parents were honest. They were honest enough to say that they were disappointed when they found out their children had autism. I used to work with individuals with special needs. I always found that the families loved their children unconditionally. They supported their children. All children require effort, but there comes a time when most children become more independent. And for some parents of children with special needs that doesn't happen.

I didn't feel like these parents were complaining. And it reminded me that individuals with disabilities are a gift to the world. They teach us one of the great lessons in life. They teach us the great lesson of compassion.

Who Should Read This Book

Parents with children with disabilities will probably enjoy this book. And individuals who work with disabilities can benefit from what these parents have to tell the world.


I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for this book, but the opinions are all mine.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paper Doll In a Crocheted Dress

If you are like me you are always looking for some simple inexpensive gift that you can give to those individuals you care about. And well after a while it can be a challenge. But this paper doll in a crocheted dress is so easy and so inexpensive you won't believe it. And it's perfect for all of those friends or family members who love those girly gifts.

Here's What You Need

a paperdoll or a copy of a picture of a paperdoll
modge podge
a straight pen
x-acto knife
and a crocheted doily

Here's What You Do

Glue that paper doll picture onto a piece of cardboard. Then take that x-acto knife and cut her out. This may take some patience. Cut out some pieces of cardboard to make a stand. Once she is cut out take your doily and wrap it around the paper doll. Use your straight pin to hold it in place. You'll want to punch it into the cardboard so the dress doesn't fall down while she is standing up.

Need some more paper dolls?
Goth Paper Dolls

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Presidential Candidates

The presidential candidates from the two major parties have been chosen. And if you watch the news there are only two choices. But I believe there should be a third choice. An independent candidate that can capture all of our hearts. That candidate should be Kermit The Frog.
Kermit For President

The first reason Kermit is a skilled administrator of a ragtag group that can barely get along. Let's face it The Muppets spend a lot of their time bickering. Does that sound like any group of elected officials? But somehow he is able to pull off a show each and every time. He knows how to make the right compromises. And he knows when to stand his ground.

The second reason is Kermit has the ability to deal with hecklers effectively. Every show those hecklers have some sort of negative comment. It doesn't matter if the show is good or bad. This is a skill that every presidential candidate needs. Kermit is used to taking the beating the press would offer up.

The third reason is Kermit knows how to run a show with absolutely no money. He manages to pull the money out of somewhere to keep the show going. Surely this skill is needed to deal with the Capitol Hill budget.

And lastly, Kermit is actually an honest frog. He doesn't make foolish deals. He uses his head and his ability to deal with his group in order to make sound decisions for the group he is leading. He is able to maintain a somewhat healthy relationship with a highly emotional and demanding pig. And he takes responsibility for his mistakes. How many politicians do that?

So how do you think Kermit measures up to the other presidential candidates this year?

Take a Poll Why Don't You?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Five Inexpensive Things For Kids To Do

It's summer time and there is always a need for a kid friendly activity. Here are five inexpensive things you can do that kids will enjoy.


Grab the photos. Fire up the printer. Grab a glue stick and a piece of paper. Collages are a great project for kids. And the possibilities are endless. It can be pictures of family gatherings or their favorite superhero. It doesn't matter. And it's great way for kids who are a little craft challenged to express some of their creativity.

Glow Sticks

Yep, they are man made fireflies. Once the sun has gone down you can turn off the television and let the kids run wild in the back yard with glow sticks. Just go to the dollar store and buy a pack. It encourages kids to exercise, and get some fresh air.


Postcards are so much fun to receive. There are kids out there who are terminally ill. They will never have the opportunity to see the world. There is an organization called Send Kids The World that organizes collection of postcards for severely ill children. For the cost of a post card and a stamp your child can show these children where they live. It's a great way to teach children to give just because somebody else needs something.

Dog Biscuits

Make your own or pick up a box at the store. Head on out to the dog park. You and your child will make lots of new friends both human and canine.

Backyard Nature

Go to your local library and pick up some books about plants, animals, or birds. Let the kids start identifying them. You might want to supervise this one. I mean who doesn't need to know the difference between English Ivy and Poison Ivy. It can save a lot of misery in the future.

What are some of the inexpensive activities your kids participate in?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seafood Saute With Garlic Couscous

This recipe is for all those seafood lovers out there. It's simple, healthy and of course it tastes great.

Here's What You Need

1 lb codfish cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 lb bay scallops
1/2 cup chopped chives
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup green onions chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
hot sauce
1 box of couscous

Here's What You Do

In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients. Add the salt and pepper to the combination. Mix the ingredients together. Next heat your oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mixture and cook until thee fish is cooked through. Sprinkle with hot sauce to taste. Next prepare your couscous according to the instructions on the box. Serve the fish mixture over the couscous.

Did You Know

Couscous is extremely high in protein. A one cup serving provides 12% of the daily recommended amount of protein.

Other Seafood Recipes

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Linen Closet

I am an old feline. But I still love to explore the world. And I have discovered a new and wonderful place. The linen closet is my absolute favorite place in the house. There are several reasons for this.

The first reason I enjoy the linen closet is the door is always closed. I have lived in this house for several years, and I have totally ignored this closed door. But the other day I decided it was time to look behind the door. It is a magical place.

The second reason I enjoy the linen closet is a wonderful place to hide. If my pet human is in one of those moods where she believes that I have done something wrong. I can simply nose this door open and retreat from my pet.

The next and most important reason I enjoy this space is it is full of soft wonderful items to sleep on. I can adjust all of the towels and sheets in the closet to fit just as I wish. And yes I can nap.

The other day I nosed open the door to the linen closet as my pet calls it. I entered and settled down for a relaxing nap. It was a glorious nap. I dreamt of chasing birds and catnip. But when I awoke from my siesta, there was a problem. The door was shut. I thought to myself I can just nudge it open as I have in the past. I nudged. It did not budge. This was not happening. It was time for my afternoon snack and I could not get to my food bowl. To my great shame I decided it was time to do what all felines hate to do. I had to cry out and ask my pet for assistance. I must say that she took her time helping me. But she did come to my rescue. She asked me what I was doing in there. Why do pet humans always ask such foolish questions? It was only obvious that I found the perfect place to nap.

This experience has caused me to wonder if other felines have been trapped in their favorite napping spots. And how do you all deal with this situation? How can I maintain my independence from the pet when a situation like this occurs? Please provide me with any advice you have.

Other Posts by Felines

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 126

It is finally time for the linky party. I always enjoy Tuesday nights and Wednesdays. I know that there are going to be so many different blogs that I can visit. I know that there are going to be stories that will be told that will make me laugh. And there are going to be posts that will make me think about life. It's the beauty of the blogging world. I hope you all have a great time. And don't miss out on the three great giveaways that are going on with my blog right now. There is something for everyone.

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Annie's Noms

This Orange Creamsicle Bark is kid friendly and super fun to make! Creamy, chocolatey and full of orange flavour; this is one seriously delicious bark recipe!

DIY USA Patriotic Flag Shoes
A Mother Thing

When I was a kid, we used to be able to buy the plain white canvas shoes from the dollar store for about two bucks a pair. It was how we got through the summer. They didn’t last a long time with all the running around we did, but mom just bought us a new set every few weeks, and we could wear them out with impunity. One of our favorite things to do was to decorate our new shoes in fun ways.

Cabinet Door Flag
Muchmore Creative

In my thrifting I came across a few cabinet doors, and I just had the urge to make one into a flag.  See what you think.

Work in Progress
The Journey Back

I designed this quilt.  There are some patterns.  The barns and houses are paper pieced.  Makes it easier and faster to make little tine triangles.

A Farmhouse Side Table Makeover
The Interior Frugalista

A few months ago Mr. Frugalista came home with a solid wood table that had seen it's better days.  I instantly fell in love with the old battered top and knew I could make it sing.  My intention was to sell it at the outdoor market last month.

Mompreneur on Fire

A year ago today, my mother passed.  While she was not in the best of health, her passing was a shock.  I miss her, more than one could imagine.  As the year has progressed, I realize the good in her, more than I had before. I hope to emulate these characteristics too.

How To Make Life Easier When You’re Juggling Work And Parenting
Outside The Box Mom

Are you about to return to work? Are you starting a new job or trying to launch your own business? This post has six tips to make life easier when you’re balancing work and family.

Step Stool Makeover
The Navage Patch
With the weather getting warmer and having the 3-day weekend holiday, it was indeed a great week for us. Ok…maybe “for us” might be a little exaggeration, as Greg and Barish kept complaining about the work I put them onto. But on a positive note, I realized that I am getting better at dodging questions like “why can’t we be like normal families?  like the ones who enjoy the good weather and have fun during the holidays?” hahaha…

Patriotic Pudding Cookies | Mini Chef Mondays
Finding Zest

The last two weeks have made it hard share our time in the kitchen with you. We’ve had a lot of foggy and rainy days which is a great time to bake. The temperatures aren’t too hot to run the oven and it gives us something fun to do inside. Unfortunately my kitchen has been very dark and I really love featuring bright photos with natural light. Last week we had a mostly cloudy day where the sun would tease beautiful light before being covered up again. Wes had an itch to bake something so we made a game out of trying to catch the light for photos.

I Turned The Fixer Upper Finds Into Farmhouse Decor
Petticoat Junktion

I shared the fixer upper finds from My Favorite Junk Shop earlier in the week and you guys asked to see the makeovers. Well, I already made over several of the items. I painted them white… thinking farmhouse decor style. I love the look but most of my home decor is very colorful….greens, yellows, oranges.

Carrot Cake with an Orange Cheesecake Swirl
Recipes & Ramblins

I don’t have an oven at the moment.  It has actually been many moments.  I may have to go to my middle child’s house and bake soon.  But I got to make this cake at my oldest daughter’s for Mother’s Day.  I think the idea was she wanted some carrot cake; I was there visiting; and so since it was Mother’s Day weekend I got to bake a cake at her house.

No Bake Orange Cheesecake Bars recipe topped with caramelized oranges…
Flavours & Frosting

I recently shared a Tip Hero video of their Orange Creamsicle Bar Recipe on my Facebook page that looked so delicious so I decided to make them right away. However their recipe called for sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream. I replaced the condensed milk with icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar) and used long life heavy cream that you would normally use for cooking (no whipping)… And it TOTALLY worked!

Fairy Garden Projects and Gnomes
In this post, I am sharing my second Fairy Garden Project and this one is about Gnomes!!

Classic Seven Layer Salad Recipe
Pocket Change Gourmet
Heading to a potluck? Hosting a cookout? This Classic Seven Layer Salad Recipe is a MUST make! A crowd-pleaser for sure! It’s super easy to make, can be made ahead and feeds a crowd!

Hoosier Homemade
Many moons ago, we purchased a set of wooden firecrackers that I have been using for my 4th of July Decorating ever since. Even though the original set of Wooden Firecrackers had been repainted, it was time to give me a fresh look again.

Repurposed Old Sled into an Americana Planter
Re-do It Yourself Inspirations

The Dose of DIY group has put together some great Flag ideas for you this month by using reclaimed wood/fabrics/and/or metal. Creating a patriotic Flag project is something that can be used for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. (Or just to show our American pride!)

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