Look what I found at Poppy’s!

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in In My Backyard | 2 comments

Look what I found at Poppy’s!

In a recent Romantic Weekend Getaway for Mr.Wonderful & me in Historic St.Charles, look what I found!!!

Raising four monkeys makes it hard to get away! Mr.Wonderful and I had stumbled on this rare occasion a couple of weeks ago.

I could have spent the whole weekend we were in St.Charles romantically strolling aimlessly around Historic St.Charles, but alas we had places we had to be. Friday afternoon we had roughly two hours to eat and sight see/ explore. The first store that really captured my attention was Poppy’s Amish Cupboard

 

I was in heaven or so it seemed. 

 

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 Delicious jams and jellies, scrumptious Amish concoctions , and Amish made furniture enveloped me!

 

all poppys signsThen, just when I thought it could not get any better, my eyes beheld these! I knew I needed one (okay wanted one). So I asked if I could think it over and come back when I knew what I wanted our sign to say.

So we window shopped and got a bite to eat. Then stopped at Riverside sweets! 

Here is my pralines and cream.

 

Here’s Mr.Wonderful’s Mint Chocolate Chip (another favorite of mine)!

Then we went back and ordered our sign. Can you believe they are only $25?!!

When  Dave Sontheimer (Poppys Amish Cupboard owner) found out where we lived he couldn’t wait to add that to our sign! I was totally tickled at how amazing our sign turned out.

our signWhen we went to pick our sign up Dave Sontheimer had it hanging on the wall. He said he was showing  our sign to all his customers!

owner and signI love, love, love our new sign. I can’t wait to hang a family picture underneath, in our front room.

I asked Dave if I could take pictures for my blog, and he said he would love that and asked me if he could take pictures for his website!

 

Here’s the link to his website Poppy’s Amish Cupboard!

These would make a fantastic Christmas Gift not to mention all the other goodies Poppy’s sells, like Amish lotions, soaps, and fruit butters.

I have more to share on our trip to St.Charles, but Poppy’s couldn’t wait.

Until next time,

 

 

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Time Out Tuesday

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Time Out Tuesdays | 0 comments

 I know as moms we work hard and sometimes are even harder on ourselves. So wash a load dishes, start a load of laundry and take a Time Out. 

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Seeing Hilary at TOFW is definitely one of my favorite things. I love her version.

I just got back from TOFW - Time Out For Women. TOFW is a break from the real world with lessons on how to survive in it. TOFW is fabulous and much needed for me, if you get the chance you should go.

So in honor of TOFW I thought I would start Time Out Tuesdays.

I will post a quote, a video or some other special break from everyday life. 

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I just saw this video that I have to share for this weeks Time Out Tuesday.

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Since this is the first Time Out Tuesday and I shared some of my favorite Hilary videos I thought I’d close out this weeks Time Out Tuesday with her first song, one of my absolute favorite. He Hears Me. Hilary has a way of singing the songs that our written on our hearts. This song holds a special place in my heart. To remember he does hear me, when I am crying in the night. Just the simple reminder that he does hear me is enough.

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Be sure to check out Hilary’s Website.

 

HILARY WEEKS.com

 

 

 

Disclosure : I love Hilary Weeks & TOFW. Her music touches my soul. She had nothing to do with this post. 

 

Until next time,

 

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My monkeys say the funniest things.

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in FAMILY | 1 comment

 The other day Ms.Independent and I were at a restaurant. This was kind of a mommy and daughter date, with story time, lunch and errands. So as we were enjoying our lunch she says, “I gotta go potty!” In the process she is curious how this automatic potty works. (We live out in the sticks and don’t get out much!) I briefly explain how it works not going into a whole lot of details, and her response was…

“It’s magic!”

 

 

 I am scooping up some chocolate chip cookie dough my hubby bought, when the Idealist asks me,

 

“Does it have chicken strips in it?”

 

On another occasion, I say you are growing up into a young man. He says, “When I get bigger I’m gonna be a father.” So I reply, “How many kids are you going to have?”

 

“My wife is going to lay 111 eggs.”

 

I was having a rough Sunday morning keeping MS.Independent  quiet and from being a wiggle worm. In a moment of desperation I finally called her by name and said,

“You need to be reverent Heavenly Father is watching.”

 

 “and Santa Claus.”

The Idealist says with out skipping a beat.

 

 

 

  It was this same Sunday that the Reader makes this suggestion.

“They need to add seat belts to these chairs!” She exasperatedly exclaimed.

 

 

Everyday is not easy cheesy. Motherhood has its challenges. Some days we laugh and sometimes we cry, and sometimes those are tears of joy. This being said I love when they make me laugh and bring joy into our home. 

What funny things have your children said. I ‘d love to hear them. Leave me a comment.

Until next time,

 

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3 Lucky winners & a lucky me!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in REVIEWS & GIVEAWAYS | 0 comments

CONGRATULATIONS LUCKY LADIES!

 

 LINDSAY

JUDY

&

BARB 

They are the winners of the Coconut Water Refreshing Body Wash from DIAL. YAY!

 

 

I have been LUCKY too!

I’ve won some super fun goodies from 2 of my favorite blogs and had to share!

First I won a power bar, from one of my favorite blogs. 

STL Motherhood

I love, love, love this blog. Denise shares all things St.Louis and has lots of kid friendly ideas. I enjoy following her blog, it especially helps with planing trips to St.Louis!!

So I was super excited when she sent me this power bar that helps me keep all my gadgets powered up on the go! Be sure to check out her blog.

Another blog I love, love, love to read is Heather’s blog 

Birdcage Media

Heather blogs about writing, life, love, parenting and everything in between. She always has fun and very informative posts! She recently became involved with Shakeology. I was so excited when I won her Shakeology giveaway.

I  love getting packages in the mail. I also loved their motto. What a great way to live. Decide. Commit. Succeed.

Simple but powerful.

 The shaker is FANTASTIC! I have not tried all the flavors but I of course got into the chocolate 1st. It was yummylicious!  I made a chocolate, peanut butter one and can not believe these could help control my weight! It was scrumptious!! 

Have you ever been lucky enough to win a cool prize? 

Leave me a comment I’d love to hear from you.

 

Until next time,

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FREE FALL Movies & a special offer!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in FAMILY, FUN | 0 comments

Our family loves going to the movies. With six of us that rarely happens except when the movie theater offers FREE MOVIES! Who can pass up FREE Movies! We have seen lots of  FREE movies and created such fun memories.There is something magical about a movie theater and a bucket of popcorn. Which my kids sometimes treat me to popcorn! YAY.  Movie theaters are posting their FREE or discounted (sometimes thy are $1) all over. Just do an internet search for free movies in theaters in your area or check your local theaters web page. Here is  the schedule for the FREE FALL MOVIES in our neighborhood!

 

 

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 So are you ready for your special offer! Purex has given My Monkeys and Me a super special offer! 

CLICK HERE!

 

Plus there is still time to win a bottle of Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash.

To see how to enter 

CLICK HERE!

 

Until next time,

 

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Coconut Water Refreshing Mango -giveaway

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in REVIEWS & GIVEAWAYS | 0 comments

Yay ! I got mail!

 I was Totally Tickled to receive my COCONUT WATER Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash in the mail! 

I love, love, love it.

Being a mom of 4 I don’t do a lot of fancy. I was totally giggling when my friend and I where talking about shampoos. We both used Pretty Princess Strawberry! 

With 4 kids nothing is sacred.

Taking a shower (would love time for bath, but would probably fall asleep!) is so enjoyable when the body wash of choice is Coconut Water with refreshing mango. One sniff takes me away to a tropical paradise. Warm sand between my toes, a gentle breeze, nothing but cerulean blue water as far as the eye can see. Then I snap out of it and realize I must protect it from…..

The teenager that will use the entire bottle and when questioned simply say what, or you want me to smell nice don’t you.

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The 10 year old that might use it for a science experiment or art project, maybe both.

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The little kids who in 5 seconds or less will have a fabulous bubble bath and I a empty bottle.

So I have taken to hiding my bottle of Coconut Water refreshing mango wash.

Tonight after a long, hot day I needed to shower before work and snatched up my bottle saying, “You’re coming with me.”

Yes parenting does weird things to you. One day I hope to have my own loo, by then they may have all grown up and moved away. Then maybe I will be able to take a shower and step out of the tub to a closed bathroom door. Until then my chances are slim, 99.9% of the time the doors open. I have pretty much given up.

This being said I would not change being a mom, I love it.

The good news is 3 of my lucky mymonkeysandme.com readers will win their very own bottle. They may choose to do with it whatever their hearts desire. Share or be stingy like me and dream of tropical vacations!!

 

Here’s what Dial has to say! 

Experience the Ultra Fresh Hydration of New Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash!

Introducing NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash, the newest member of the Dial Coconut Water family. Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango is the first of it’s kind to contain coconut water and refreshing mango for clean, healthy hydrated skin. Let the fresh hints of green coconut and topical mango whisk you away to distant island shores without even leaving the shower!  

Coconut water is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration. Mango is full of nutrients and adds a touch of tropical freshness.

 

 

Healthier Skin.Healthier YOU. Learn more @ dialsoap.com

 

 

Okay here’s how to win.

Share this post on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.

Follow mymonkeysandme.com on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook.

Follow mymonkeysandme.com on Bloglovin’.

Subscribe to mymonkeysandme.com

Or leave me a comment telling me why you would like to try NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash.

Contest Ends 9/1/14

 

 

 

Good luck!

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: 

The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash in exchange for theis product review. However, all the opinons expressed here are my own.

 

 

 

 

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And the winner of SPELLBINDERS CELEBRATION STAMPS is…

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in REVIEWS & GIVEAWAYS | 0 comments

 

CONNIE YEATES from

Grand Junction Colorado!

Congratulations!

I will mail your stamps to you today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry!

My Monkeys and Me will have a lot more giveaways!

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Chinese Chicken – A family favorite.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Yummylicious! | 2 comments

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On special occasions I always let the honoree pick what’s for dinner. I think Chinese Chicken may be the most requested! Traditionally we serve Chinese Chicken on Christmas eve. My Mr. requested Chinese Chicken for Father’s Day and his Birthday dinner. (Everyone gets a special birthday dinner where they get to pick the menu. Most of the time it’s okay. Once we had chicken noodle soup and french fries – not mixed together of course!)

I took several recipes and created what we call Chinese Chicken. Chinese chicken is definitely yummylicious!

chinese chicken stuffOne thing I have started doing for certain recipes is just serving the vegetables raw. I cut them up and place them in their own little bowl and then everyone can pick and choose! For Chinese Chicken I usually chop up carrots, onions, and green peppers, plus I always serve the pineapple. I almost always prefer pineapple tidbits. I think the vegetables are so yummy raw and the color so much more vibrant and fresh! 

So here is my recipe for a mymonkeysandme.com FAVORITE!

Chinese Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. SAUCE
  2. 1 cup vinegar
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 1 large can of pineapple reserved juice
  5. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  6. 1/2 cup ketchup
  7. 1/2 cup flour
  8. CHICKEN
  9. I pound chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1 cup flour
  12. 1 cup cold water
  13. oil for frying
  14. TOPPINGS
  15. the pineapple
  16. 1 onion cut into bite sized pieces
  17. 1 green pepper cut into bite sized pieces
  18. 1 cup chopped cut into bite sized pieces
  19. RICE
Instructions
  1. SAUCE
  2. Place all sauce ingredients in a saucepan. I usually run this sauce through my little rocket blender, a blender wand would work great too. Blend until all lumps are gone. Heat until sauce boils, boil for 2 minutes while stirring, then reduce heat. Keep warm.
  3. CHICKEN
  4. Mix cold water and flour. Your batter will be lumpy carefully add the egg. Gently mix together and keep cold.
  5. Heat oil in a deep pan.
  6. Dip raw chicken into batter then place in hot oil. Cook until lightly browned. Remove from hot oil with slotted spoon and place on top of a paper towel covered plate.
  7. SERVE
  8. Place rice on plate. Then cover with chicken and toppings. Ladle sauce over top.
Notes
  1. I have made this many times and have substituted or gone with out. Apparently when I took this photo we were out of green pepper, still yummy! Last night I didn't have a full can of pineapple or ketchup. I used all the pineapple juice I had and substituted tomato soup and it was still scrumptious!
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Happy Birthday

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in FAMILY | 0 comments

Today is my sweet hubby’s BIRTHDAY!

 

So if you know him please flood him with FUN BIRTHDAY WISHES!

 Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a fantastic day!

I hope you have the best birthday ever! 

 

Love,

Me

 

 

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SPELLBINDERS CELEBRATION – GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in REVIEWS & GIVEAWAYS | 12 comments

Everyday is the PERFECT day for a CELEBRATION!

With school starting I feel it might be a reason to celebrate! With 3/4 of our monkeys headed to school I am not sure if I should do the HAPPY DANCE or cry like a baby!

 

So until I decide , I decided to share my experience with Spellbinders!

 

Being a Purex Insider is the amazing PERKS!

I was totally tickled to get my SPELLBINDERS CELEBRATION COLLECTION Kit in the mail!  Who does’t love getting fun packages in the mail?

Filled with all sorts of fun goodies I could not wait to get started! Everything was included to make two super cute projects! Even easy to follow instructions!

Everyday is the perfect day for a Celebration!

The opportunity for a Celebration is at your finger tips with this complete collection of paper, inks, stamps, dies, and embellishments.Creating a heartfelt greeting or event has never been easier!

Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting; and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a celebration not only easy but fun. 

LOOK WHAT I MADE!!!!

A super cute card & a super cute gift bag!

  I made these at 3:3o in the morning! Everything was there that I needed except adhesive. It did however come with Foam Square Scrapbook Adhesives for places that needed that extra pop!

I had a blast! Everything was included, instructions were simple, I used every thing so clean up was super easy too!!

I also love the little baggies hey came in! They keep all my supplies in order, and protect the finished project. With 4 monkeys we need all the protection we can get from jelly, markers, okay sticky and crafty fingers in general!

Look how close mine came to the project sheet!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

If I can make these at 3:30 in the morning, ANYBODY can make them!

 Anytime, Anywhere! I was at work!

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Spellbinders Celebrations Collection! 

The colors are so bright and cheerful!

Everything is coordinated to work perfectly together to create one of a kind masterpieces!

 

Be sure to visit their website because the possibilities are endless & the prices are incredibly affordable!

 

SPELLBINDERS 

Now for the super exciting part of this post!

 

Spellbinder’s has given me a set of stamps to give away to one LUCKY My Monkeys & Me Reader!

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 So how can you WIN?

Just leave me a comment on this post telling me what do you celebrate & how!

If you’d like more entries check out Spellbinders and let me know what you think! 

GOOD LUCK!

Winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday, August 18th!

 

As always thanks for reading My Monkeys & Me!

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DISCLOSURE – “The Spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra’tions Collection in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Win a year’s supply of Fels-Naptha! 10 winners, 10 days!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Being a Purex Insider definitely has lots and lots of perks! One of these incredibly fantastic perks is a heads up when new promotional contests are taking place.

That being said I am proud to announce Purex’s current contest. Between now and July 23rd Purex will be choosing 10 LUCKY WINNERS to WIN a YEAR’S SUPPLY of Purex’s Fels-Naptha laundry soap.

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 Before I tell you any more about this promotion I must confess my love for the aroma of this soap. We purchase 10 or so bars at a time so that we can make our own laundry soap. I usually store it on the shelf that leads to my basement. Often I walk by and say to myself what is that delicious smell, only to realize it is my stash of Fels-Naptha! I finally decided to bless my whole home and stash bars in inconspicuous places. My nose often thanks me because, this soap smells so YUMMY!

Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate we’ll be giving away a year’s supply each day from July 14 – 23.

 

Here’s a few more reasons

I LOVE Fels-Naptha!

 

  • Over 100 Years of Quality and Reliability
  • Laundry Stain Remover – Great on Whites!
  • Great for making your own Laundry Detergent 
  • Removes Poison ivy resin from skin and clothing

 

So be sure to enter by clicking on the picture or enter here @ http://go.purex.com/sV6R

 

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quit complaining & start praying.

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Quit complaining & start praying.

 

 

Sometimes I have hard times. I struggle with this and that. I sometimes get the attack of the why mes or the poor mes. I wonder at times what have I done to be in this predicament. I confess I sometimes complain, or dare I even say I whine. If only ..blah, blah, blah were so my life would be perfect.

 

The other day when I was murmuring because of my husband’s work schedule, this thought came to me. Quit complaining & start praying. If someone else has said this before me please know I am not trying to steal your glory. At that moment it felt as if I had been hit with a ton of bricks. Quit complaining about this or that, instead start praying. Get down on my knees and plead with the heavens above. Let them know I know I am weak and struggling. Plead for guidance and strength. In doing so I will not learn the answers to the Universe or my Creator’s complete plan for me, however I will in fact be comforted, because he is waiting to hold my hand and help lead the way. In complaining I am only making myself more miserable. I do not have to face this world alone. As stubborn and strong willed as I tend to be, I find comfort in knowing help is available if I am humble enough to ask for it.

So a new goal for me is to quit complaining & start praying.

 

Until next time,

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How to BRIDGE the gap that summer brings. We love Summer Bridge Activities Books from Carson-Dellosa.

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in BOOKS, MY MONKEYS | 0 comments

 

 

 

 

bridge book postSummer is quickly approaching. My monkeys are counting down with only a day and a half left. Usually they attend summer school, not because they need it, but to give them more opportunities to learn. Also in the past it has been a fun social experience, because the many private schools where we live do not offer summer school, so they get to attend the public school. This has meant new faces which equals new friends.

This year they said, “We don’t want to go to summer school this year.”

I said, “okay.” 

It seems like it hogs up the summer, by the time it is over the summer is gone.

I am a firm believer they should not be vegetables all summer long. 

So what do I do with them?

Then I remembered our teacher store carries the Summer Bridge Books. 

Watch this clip to see more….

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Here are some more details.

 

Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks

Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks®PreK – Grade 8You may be thinking that ‘workbooks’ sound an awful lot like work, especially during summer break. How will you motivate your child to do math when it’s hot and sunny? We’ve made it easy. Each 160-page book is bursting with:

  • Full-color pages and kid-friendly illustrations
  • Summer reading lists
  • Outdoor and fitness activities
  • Science experiments (great boredom busters for indoor days!)
  • Social studies exercises
  • Reward stickers
  • Flash cards
  • A completion certificate

In just 15 minutes a day—or about the time they have to wait between eating lunch and jumping back in the pool—kids can keep their brains sharp all summer long!

 

These books are perfect for our family. We are bridging to 1st grade & 5th grade. Too bad they don’t offer freshman to sophomore. I love Carson-Dellosa Publishing they offer an incredible amount of cute functional products which make learning way more enjoyable. I know they will make our summer way more enjoyable with summer reading lists, science projects & stickers, whoooooo hooooooooo.

I highly recommend these books. This is just me sharing, I am not being compensated in any way by Carson- Dellosa.

 

Hope this helps you have a enjoyable, educational Summer!

Stay cool,

Until next time,

 

 

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Throwback Thursday @ Grant’s Farm

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in FAMILY | 0 comments

I have started attempting to organize all our family digital photos.

These were taken in 2006 at one of our favorite places, Grant’s Farm in St.Louis.

It is funny to see how much siblings look alike at certain ages.

For example this picture of Ostrich looks exactly like Flamingo.

Ostrich is finishing up 4th grade and excited about entering 5th grade next year.

grants farm sydneyDove is a freshman in high school, it seems just yesterday she was little.

These were taken when our family had only 2 monkeys instead of 4. It’s amazing how fast each day goes by. That is why I am trying to make the most of each day and cherish it.

We also cherish Grant’s Farm. 

It’s free, and filled with fun. 

Elephant shows, camels and feeding baby goats. I just was looking at their website and it seems like they have added fun things like camel rides and Clydesdale tours. We love the Clydesdales!

GRANTS FARM

This year is their 60th anniversary and they have lots of celebrating planned for the whole season.

Enjoy each moment.

Until next time,

 

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Cooking can be hazardous.

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in FAMILY, Yummylicious! | 0 comments

Cooking can be hazardous.

 A little over 10 years ago I broke my wrist. Even though I was pinned back together over a decade later I still find simple tasks difficult. One task in particular is opening a can with a can opener. This is very frustrating to admit that I struggle with something as simple as opening a soup can.

 

So my story begins. Our family was snowed in. One Friday this past December, instead of attending our church’s Christmas party we were stranded at home. I began to make dinner. Feeling a little sorry for myself because everyone was enjoying a movie and I was being held hostage by kitchen, I opened the soup can. For months previous I felt I should ask my sweet hubby for an electric can opener. I chickened out every time. I didn’t want to spend the money.

I opened the can and of course the lid did not come completely detached from the actual can. I tugged and tugged and shall we say the next is history.

My hubby has super glued me back together before, but this time was different, he wouldn’t touch it.

 We were snowed in.

After over an hour of phone calls we had a plan. A dear friend of ours drove out to our home and rescued us. We then drove through  blizzard conditions, dropped off our buddy at his home and in his truck headed to the ER.      

I’ve been cut before. The problem with this particular cut was that no matter how hard I tried I could not straighten it out!!

To make a long story short the ER doc did not want to touch it.

This happened on a Friday night and so the ER doc set me up with a specialist on Tuesday.

After spending forever in his office he did not want to touch it either!               

 Here I  am trying to fill out paper work which was not easy!

 

 

 One of the many stylish outfits my poor finger had to endure!

 

So finally on Thursday doc number 3 said he could operate and put a pin in on Friday.

 Shortly after Christmas our whole family went to the doctor to see the unveil of my poor finger after it’ s surgery, and needless to say we heard lots of ewwwwsss. Our little flamingo would not let me old her especially with that hand FOREVER! 

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  I’ll have to admit it was kinda creepy.

 

 Yep that’s a pin sticking out of my finger.

I placed a penny besides the pin just so you could see it’s size!

 

 

 So when you tell our kids a bazillion times be careful I don’t want you to hurt yourself, remember it actually can happen. I have told my kids this and ironically I am the bozo that sliced my finger open! I would rather it did not happen at all, but since it did I’d always rather it be me than them. Except for the looking like a bozo part.

 

Until next time,

Always be careful,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to have a PERFECT Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in FAMILY, FUN | 4 comments

How to have a perfect mothers day

 

This is a holiday where children honor their mothers.

So do you want to know how to have the perfect Mother’s day?

 

Tip #1 – Set your expectations really low and then you won’t be disappointed.

Chances are your children have not been saving their pennies from the measly allowance you give them to send you on an all expense spa vacation weekend in the Bahamas. Especially when they know for a fact their pennies won’t be enough for them to go too, so you will undoubtedly leave them behind.

Another fact is especially if your children are little, and in school they have been working very hard creating masterpieces made of love for you. The time, energy, devotion, and love that went into that poem, or flower pot, or framed photo, that is priceless. When they come home barely able to contain themselves because they are proud of their accomplishment and shower you with love and homemade gifts, to me that is enough. That is what being a mom is all about.

If there is more it’s just a bonus. Lucky you.

 

Aren't I cute!

Tip #2 If you feel the need for more, request it and keep it simple.

A dear friend told me once she just requests a nap & dinner made by someone else.

This is what I usually do to. I make sure dinner is something simple, something to toss in the crock pot and that won’t fail. I tend to plead for a day off from helping with clean up as well. I am good with paper plates, especially if it mean’s I can sit back and kick up my feet!

If there is something I really would like for example a Yonanas I leave hints. I sometimes say things like , “For Mother’s day I would really like a Yonanas.” “Or if you’d like to get me something I’d like a Yonanas.” Lastly, if dad asks, “I would like a Yonanas for Mother’s Day.’

If you have enough stuff, kindly acts of service are always nice. 

Which leads me to Tip #3 Circus Jeff city may 2013 038

Tip #3 Don’t expect dad to purchase the moon and more for you on Mother’s Day.

Instead of being hurt or frustrated because he didn’t buy you a new diamond ring or give you keys to a candy apple red Mustang Convertible, make sure he remembers his mom. Be ecstatic when he helps the kids in the kitchen (news flash if he’s doing it you aren’t,  go hide and take a nap). Remember boys and girls are different, they look at things differently. If there is something or someway you want your Mother’s Day to be, you have to tell them specifically. Be patient and enjoy the day.

If you feel they ruined your big special day, and all you do is moan and groan, what makes you think they will want to celebrate next year, especially after they at attempted to make you happy. Praise them for any and all effort.

Finally Tip #4

Tip #4 Relax and enjoy the day.

You deserve it. Do what you love, and love the ones your with!

 

Wishing you the best MOTHER’S Day EVER!

 

Until next time,

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Show & Tell Saturday – with Sherry Bingaman Designer, Weaver & Fiber Artist

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Show & Tell Saturdays | 2 comments

Sherry BingamanI am totally tickled to share with you today’s

Saturday Show & Tell.

Sherry Bingaman is a dear friend of mine.

I met Sherry when she was the principal for my monkey’s school.

She has since retired. I am happy for her and the opportunity she has to do what she loves,

but miss her dearly.

Everyone loved her as a principal,

and I know you’ll love her designs.

Plus as a fun bonus she shared her artistic daughters websites as well.

 

Be sure to check them out as well as Sherry’s Etsy Shop!

 

Sherry Bingaman

Designer/Weaver/Fiber Artist

P.O. 232 Vienna, Mo. 65582

573-308-5392

www.sherrybingaman.etsy.com

 

 

 

handwoven hand dyed purse with scar 1920f sherry

 

 

 

My love of making and selling my textile work goes back to my childhood.

When I was nine years old, my mother received eight free sewing lessons with the purchase of her new sewing machine. Since she was already an expert seamstress, Mom let me have the lessons instead. Aprons were the first things I learned to make. A little nine year old going around our neighborhood selling her cross stitched gingham aprons must have been hard to resist, because I sold as many as I could make! I trace my passion for making and selling textiles to these first sales.   My parents were artists, and I grew up surrounded by the materials and inspirations involved in their paintings and commercial art. I was especially fascinated with the paper doll books they made, and I designed and sewed dresses for my own dolls.  

 

 

 

My love of fabrics continued to grow, and in 1967 I entered Iowa State University as a textile major. After my very first weaving class I changed my major to applied art with an emphasis in weaving and have ever since been obsessed with everything textiles.   I met my husband, Jim, while we were both students at ISU. After graduation and Jim’s 3 year stint in the Navy, we returned to my home town of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Here is where I started participating in art fairs in the communities between Milwaukee and Chicago. This area was rich with shows, and I had some inspiring initial success participating in various shows including The Old Town Show in Chicago and Lakefront Festival of the Arts in Milwaukee. Jim encouraged me and soon quit his job to work with me. We continued to make our living as designer/weavers for 15 years, having two artistic daughters along the way –

 

 

Kate Bingaman-Burt( www.katebingamanburt.com ) and

Kory Bingaman Francka ( www.korybing.com ) .

 

 

  In 1980 we moved to rural Missouri to be centrally located and more accessible to shows all over the country and to experience “country living” on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Gasconade River near the small rural town of Vienna, Missouri. Jim and I were the featured fiber artists in the very first Best of Missouri Hands publication in 1986. During those 15 years, we sold our hand woven designs in shows throughout the country and in shops and galleries in Japan and Canada.   By 1994, I had earned my art education certification and began teaching art K-12 at the local school (college costs were lurking in the near future) and also continued with our weaving business. Jim worked shows on his own for several more years while his interest in computers developed into a passion and new career. I taught for 13 years while continuing with shows in the summer. My passion for weaving expanded into the world of dyeing, both my yarns and now fabrics. My one-of-a-kind colors are my signature. Silk is my favorite material, both silk yarns and fibers and silk fabric for my scarves. Dyeing silk yields wonderful subtle color blending very reminiscent of a watercolor painting. I love the unpredictability of my dye process—no two pieces are ever the same.

 

 

2014 booth pic A 1920 pix sherry

 

 

My main sources of inspiration are ethnic textiles, especially those from Mexico and Central America. I have traveled to Mexico many times and treasure the rugs and embroidered textiles I collected there. The colors and textures from these cultures continue to excite and inspire me.    I was an elementary principal for six years and retired June 2013. I plan to continue to do fairs and sell my work through shows and my ETSY shop that I opened in 2006. I am very excited to begin the “next chapter” and continue exploring my love of textiles and color!   I hope you enjoyed Sherry’s Showcase.  

 

image 4 my tattoo 1 1920 sherry

 

 

If you have something you would like to share for Show & Tell Saturday be sure to e-mail me @ mymonkeysandme.com@gmail.com.  

 

Until next time,  

 

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Now is the time! Winter CLEARANCE $3 PAJAMAS

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in TIPS | 0 comments

 

 

While shopping this past weekend I couldn’t help but notice winter clearances.

Especially winter clothing clearances!

I found a pair of boys size 10-12 sleeper pants

marked down to $5

and when we checked out they were only $3!!!

 

I got pajamas for all 4 monkeys for under $20!

Guess who’s hiding them for CHRISTMAS!!

 

That is a top goal this year, to think of Christmas all year round and be prepared.

We love to give our monkeys pajamas for Christmas,

and I can pretty much guarantee they won’t be $3 this winter.

I am starting my list and checking it twice!

 

When do you get ready for Christmas?

What was your favorite bargain?

 

Until next time,

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Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley aka “the Flylady”- April’s Page Turner Pick

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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April’s Page Turner pick is Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley.

This past winter seemed like it would never end. Fingers crossed, spring is finally here.

This is the perfect book to tackle the annual spring clean of any home,

and start routines so that the annual spring clean is a thing of the past!

 

Friends had mentioned in casual conversation, some lady known as the “Flylady”.

I was somewhat intrigued, but quite a bit skeptical.

Flies are gross icky bugs.

I do not like flies and honestly was at first put off by anyone who would call themselves the “Flylady”.

 After sometime I learned the Flylady is actually a fly fisher woman and the FLY is an acronym for

Finally Loving Yourself.

 

After pondering this I thought of me and the friends I’ve known. We love our spouses, our kids, our friends, our family, our home and the dog.

Yet how often do we shout out, I love ME!

This book is a must have for any home.

The Flylady breaks everything down into simple, easy to follow baby steps.

HERE’S WHAT AMAZON.COM  HAS TO SAY…

Fly Out of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)Into Order-One BabyStep at a TimeWith her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home-and your life-in order. Drawn from the lessons and tools used in her popular mentoring program, the FlyLady system helps you create doable housekeeping routines and break down overwhelming chores into manageable missions that will restore peace to your home-and your psyche. Soon you’ll be able to greet guests without fear, find your keys, locate your kids, and, most of all, learn how to FLY: Finally Love Yourself.

 

Some of my favorite chapters are

5    Attitude Is Everything!

11    Getting the Whole Family to FLY

14    Menus- What’s for Supper?

 

Sink Reflections is a wonderful resource book for any home, I refer to it often.

I love it & I know you will too.

 

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Show & Tell Saturday with Sew Fun With Jules

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Show & Tell Saturdays | 0 comments

I was totally tickled when I saw this post from my sister in law!

I think these are super cute!! 

Just had to share. Enjoy!

 

Spring Chicks are Popping Out!

by Julesras

Aren’t these the best chicks ever?! No noise, no poop, no growing up to big obnoxious hens that peck people!

 I found this darling pattern in a magazine I love called Quilt-it…today. In the March/April 2014 issue. I couldn’t stop at one, so I made three – all from my stash. Pat myself on the back! The chicks are so cute but I discovered I don’t sew very round circles…haha. Brownie had to make her own chick. It is the blue floral chick being held by the center hen. She is very proud of it and shows everyone who comes over. See the cute hen legs peeking out from under the hens? I plopped my hens and chicks here because you can see another sign of spring in the back ground…my daffodils are sooooo close to popping out!

 

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Such a cheerful little brood! I really enjoyed this project because I got to learn a new embroidery stitch, the colors are so bright and uplifting and it was quick and easy. Instead of doing a satin stitch for the chick eyes, the girls and I voted for little glass beads. The beaks are made of felt. Such a great combo of mediums in one project! Don’t you just love the way the hen’s wings wrap so lovingly around the chicks…so motherly. Give your own little chicks a big squeeze – spread some cheer!

Happy Almost Spring!

 

 

Be sure to checkout her blog @

Sew Fun With Jules

 

Until next time,

 

 

p.s. If you have something you would like to share on Show & Tell Saturday be sure to e-mail me @ mymonkeysandme.com@gmail.com

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Join the TOXIN FREEDOM FIGHTERS & HELP Seventh Generation SAVE the DAY! I Did!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in FAMILY | 0 comments

 

 

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I participated in a campaign for Seventh Generation.

 

Moms are naturally protectors. It’s what we do. Part of our job description is making sure our babies are safe. We hold their hands in a busy parking lots, help them safely cross the street, and make sure their little tummies are stuffed with nutritious meals. In our efforts we spend an exorbitant amount of time making sure our homes are a safe haven.  We scrub, we mop, we launder, and we disinfect. This however may not be the best thing. Here is why.

 

 

WARNING:

Of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976 the EPA has required testing on less than 10%

 

The Toxic Substance Control Act or the  TSCA was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws,  has never been updated. As it currently stands , TSCA is a broken law. As a result, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that make them.

 

Why does his effect you?

Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks such as:

Cancer

Learning disabilities

Asthma

Alzheimer’s

Birth Defects

&

Various reproductive problems.

 

Who knew cleaning had the potential to be so dangerous. 

 

www.fighttoxins.com 

So please take a few seconds of your day and join the Freedom Fighters!

Their goal is 100,000 signatures by April 30th, 2014.

It’s fast & it’s EASY! 

What better company to sign up with than SEVENTH GENERATION!

Seventh Generation believes in making products healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets & people within your home- and for the community & environment outside of it.

How awesome is that?

They are a pioneer in corporate responsibility, and want products that make a difference – from their development through to their production, purchase, use, and disposal.

 

Seventh Generation is always evaluating how to reduce their environmental impact, increase performance  and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain.

Seventh generation also feels it is their responsibility to set a course for a more mindful way of doing business, where companies act as partners with other stakeholders to create a brighter future for the whole planet!

 

Doesn’t that make you want to rush over to www.Amazon.com and purchase in bulk, that’s what we do.

Seventh Genertation has worked for 25 years toward creating healthy homes by delivering plant derived products using bio-based ingredients!

That just wants me to give them a big hug!!

 

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Help Seventh Generation Reach THEIR GOAL!

We don’t feel comfortable using these untested chemicals around our FAMILIES, especially our kiddos.

There are big risks that accompany untested materials to clean your  TOYS, SHEETS, KITCHEN COUNTERS, DISHES, ETC. 

EWWW! YUCK! 

We need to feel confident!!!

There is hope! Seventh Generation is working to push a reform on TSCA which would have all of these chemicals studied, evaluated, and tested. 

So rush on over to 

www.fighttoxins.com

and sign the petition, so they can present to

Congress on April 30, 2014!

 

For more information from an excellent resource be sure to checkout …..

NRDC 

Until next time,

 

 

Comment Questions? 

Was this news shocking to you?

Do you see some things in your home that might make you think twice before using?

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