Wordless Wednesday: Toddlers Love the Boxes Best

September 10, 2014 By · 21 Comments

Chances are if you have a child you already know that the best gift you can give a toddler is a BOX. Right? The other day I found Nicoli throwing his foam pieces (we use as a floor mat) all over the room, I peeked around the corner to see why it got so quiet and this is what I found.


Yep, he cleared the box of all the foam pieces we didn’t already have on the floor so he could get in and sit in it. I swear as a parent you never have to spend much on your little ones because they are only going to like what the toy comes in….the BOX. I mean you tell me that grin doesn’t say it.


He was giggling and went right back to playing after I took the shot. Yesterday I got a review in the mail which he happily started taking things out for me before I could get them near the fridge (it was fridge food) because he wanted the box. Only 16 months old but he knows how much fun these boxes are.


Happy Wordless Wednesday from the both of us at The Life of a Home Mom. Don’t forget to leave your link.

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Common Core at its Finest

September 10, 2014 By · 1 Comment

You know I honestly wasn’t okay with the idea of Common Core and when we were told it would be introduced to our California Schools this year I wanted to attend the meeting, only I couldn’t. With 5 kids you can’t always make meetings like that at last minute when one throws up. I still voiced my outrage with the principal and even the teachers, so it wasn’t like they didn’t know how I felt. I had a bit of knowledge of what Common Core was after seeing it posted on several social networks and hoped it would not be like that.

I’ve seen posts that I’m sure some of you have about how the answers were actually wrong.  I read about how one teacher passed out an assignment that was completely inappropriate for his/her class and would later apologize for it.

Imagine my surprise when my 2nd grader (Yes, 2nd grade) whispers to me, “Mom is the answer 1. or 2. which is spelled right?” I was dumbfounded, now sure I knew what the answer SHOULD be but technically both are correct. What would you say?

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Oh and thanks to Common Core (a link to another common core problem from MomDot) because while you are out to teach our kids … well something…. you made me teach my 5th grader a little about sex ed today as she asked about it.” Yes, she’s heard the term at school but never asked until she saw me crying because I was laughing that hard over how to answer my 2nd grader.  What would you do? Oh and no I do NOT like Common Core even more now.

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I’m Your Origami Owl Consultant!

September 5, 2014 By · 32 Comments

I am so excited about my past few months venturing into Origami Owl as a designer and while my life has been pretty hectic but I am still trucking along. I know I could be so much further along on this ladder if I had only focused because Origami Owl is such easy jewelry to sell. I mean really it has sold itself many times while I am in dream land, however I am coming to you today to help me out and to let you know about it. I would LOVE to either get some major sells, parties (online) or consultants under me. Why? Because it would help me out financially and I know I can do this. As many of you know I’m a stay at home/work at home mother to five kids. 5! Yes, I did say five great kids, one of which will graduate this school year. The first time I saw these I fell in love, even more when I hear all my kids could fit into one.

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Wordless Wednesday: School Started

September 3, 2014 By · No Comments

It was a bit of an adjustment this year getting the kids off to school. I now have two in elementary and two in high school but that wasn’t the adjustment. Not so sure how I will deal with having a freshman and a senior just yet, let me get back to you on that. But the adjustment…


As you can see in the center of the photo Nicoli does NOT like them leaving after being with him every day of the summer. Not to worry we’ll pull through this. Happy WW!

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12 Delicious Breakfast Meals You Can Have for Dinner

September 2, 2014 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a paid post, but all opinions are my own.
Now that school is back in session many parents are trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Chances are some of you have kids in sports or some other after school activity and you are getting home late and either don’t feel like making some long drawn out meal or you just don’t have the time. I’ve taken the liberty of going through some recipes and found my favorite breakfast meals you can make for dinner. I mean after all who doesn’t like to do a backwards type of day. I can’t even tell you how many times we have had pancakes or french toast for dinner, heck there have been times when the kids asked just to have cereal.

Check out 12 Breakfast Meals for Dinner!

by Eliza Ferree at Foodie.com

In the desert when it is hot, which lately has been almost ALL THE TIME, I haven’t wanted to cook. I say what do you want for dinner and I hear someone say “Frenchtoast Casserole,” or “Breakfast.” If I am actually home during the day I can prep a casserole dish for later and let the kids finish it off….the older ones that is. BalletGirl, aka Katerina, loves make the frenchtoast casserole. Here are a few quick (and not so quick) ideas, feel free to explore my collections at Foodie.com and make some of your own collections. What are some of your favorite breakfast meals you eat at dinner?

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