Getting creative with Dinner!

Once in a while I like to be spontaneous and take the kids unknowingly take them and go out to eat at Panda Express

In celebration of Panda’s legendary Original Orange Chicken, dish that has brought so many families/friends together for decades like us. My oldest daughter loves Panda‘s Orange Chicken so much she decided to immortalize her dinner with a drawing in her sketchbook.

We’ll be heading back for more soon!


Laugh like a kid again!

I really try and be a fun mom, so when my kids ask me to join them on the playground, I really want to join in and I don’t mean just pushing them on the swings. They want me to go down the slide, spin on the merry-go-round and even race them across the monkey bars, they want mommy to be a kid. Along with being a kid again comes laughing and sometime laughing so hard I start crying or even need to run to the bathroom, especially after my daily 3 cups of java, no shame in that but there isn’t always a place to run into.

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Staying Connect and Saving Too!

 It’s safe to say we all would like to save on our child’s smart device.
It’s such a part of our home today and it seems that everyone is somehow virtually connected in some fashion, from toddlers to grandparent and should I say even my kids great-grandparents are messaging iPhones, it can really keep us in the loop with long distance family and friends. 
But it’s not just that! All 4 of my kids were issued laptops at school this year! Warning electronic overload ahead! This can present some problems for parents who may not be able to keep up with the costs (and replacements) and repairs like me.
In just a couple weeks I will officially have two teenagers in the house and as I write they are sitting across from me connecting with their old friends in NY and a few of their new friends here Alabama.  Smartphones are a must but they can be pretty expensive and an iPhone  is definitely not in my budget as a single parent who is looking ahead at having 4 kids in college at the same time and needing to save, I heard Princeton is expensive! . 
Kids all too frequently break and lose smartphones and tablets so a brand new device may not be a wise investment for a young child or teenager. Nearly 70% of parents reported that a child in their household has broken or lost at least one smartphone, according to a Gazelle survey,  Yikes! I’m definitely a member of that group.

We started using iPads as a learning tool when I homeschooled all four of my kids, with four different grades it made finding class material quick and so it was an easy transition into public school where iPads and laptops are on every desk and used for every subject. But I’ll admit, the kids need to help me out from time to time, I’m pretty clueless when it comes to apps.
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Lucky Heart Pennies

When you’re little finding a penny on the ground is exciting! It’s free money! But best of all a FREE WISH!
I used to think long and hard about what I wanted to wish for, would it be another Strawberry Shortcake doll? baby sister? or the world’s biggest bowl of ice cream? The possibilities were endless! I still get excited as an adult to find a penny and make a wish, but this time the wishes are more for good health and good fortune and not so much dolls and candy.
So a few days ago the kids and I grabbed a handful of pennies from a piggy bank and some sidewalk chalk, we walked around town drawing pink and orange hearts, leaving behind a lucky penny for someone to find and bring a little joy into someones maybe not so happy day, as we walked by a few of our hand colored chalk hearts later that day the kids gleamed with excitement, the pennies were gone! We had fun talking about who would have picked the penny and what their wish might have been? Did they even make a wish or just place that shiny coin in their pocket to carry around for good luck?
What ever the outcome, adding even just a little happiness into someone’s day made us feel lucky too!

Our family was inspired to do this fun project by someone else’s simple gesture, we hope this will inspire others to leave a bit of joy around their town.