Saturday, October 28, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!

Skulls for the fire pit!?! These fire safe skulls make every day halloween. Perfect for the dark-loving outdoor people in your life. Pile these up and enjoy the wickedness in your own backyard.

Who does not like a good story about the things that go bump in the night! I mean with All Hallows Eve coming up upon us there are plenty of legends and lore! Stories for the people who are slightly scared of ghost and goblins to stories and movies that make our toes curl.  Personally, I had older second cousins who scared the daylights out of me with the Friday the Thirteenth and Nightmare on Elm Street Series. I myself love to write books based on either super scary stories to lightweight stories for the chicken at heart.

So where does this fantastic holiday come from? Well, that would be sending you back almost 2000 years. Where it has gone by many names like All Hallows Eve, Samhain, The Feast of the Dead, just to name a few.

Then there are a few traditions that have come along with this awesome holiday as well!

1. Halloween Masks are for a ghost to not recognize the living.

2.Bobbing for apples started with a Roam festival celebrating Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

3. Jack O Lanterns started out as turnips with candles inside to keep ghosts away.

4.The color Orange represents the Fall Harvest.

5. The color Black represents darkness.

6. Halloween Candy sales are about 2 billion dollars annually!

Halloween has changed a lot over the years from simple trick or treating to elaborate parties.  The costumes went from weird plastic masks to costumes that cost a small fortune.  I remember when the candies used to be lollipops and bubble gum and nowadays kids are getting full-size Snickers bars. Even decorations seemed to have changed since I was a kid, it went from a few spider webs and window clings to huge animatronic statues and massive displays that rival Christmas decorations.

But the one thing that I miss the most now is how people actually used to participate in Halloween. I mean when I was a kid I could go from house to house and my Halloween bucket would be full.  How I have to bring an extra flashlight because there are so few houses actually giving out candy. I remember the rule from when I was a kid light out don't go. Light out ring the bell. Now people will yell at you if you if you even ring the bell. Halloween Trick or Treating is a tradition that the newest generation is losing out on.

So Happy Halloween All!!

Here are my links to my ghost story books!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Struggle As A Parent!

As a parent, I have often felt the struggle of not being a good enough mom. I love my five children with my whole heart.  As a mom I have hit the stage where the first part of my heart has left the nest and is making a nest of her own with her Husband and my first Grandbaby (arriving this winter). Now I am living at home with not one but four teenagers. 

Today one of the four decided to play me against my husband to start a fight because she didn't want to do as she was told.  I fell for it hook line and sinker. I went as far as calling my husband in tears because of the way she was acting.  My husband, after listening to me cry and rant then called her and put his foot down.  God I was stupid. Mom's know you are not alone in this, I swear I never felt so insecure. This child of mine played me because she didn't want to do as I asked plain and simple. She hit my insecurities because she wanted her way instead of doing what I needed her to do.

Then she started a fight between the hubby and me to get her way.  I am thankful that the hubby is great at cooling me down. Remember mom's you are not alone in this struggle. We are here for you.  Oh the fight in case you were wondering was over the fact that she feels that dishes are beneath her and she shouldn't of has to do them. That's why I am here. Yes, I said it that's why this all started. Because to her Mom translates to Maid.

Monday, August 14, 2017

First Day Of School!!

Well, it happened, we survived the first day of school morning! It went pretty smooth. Got Sarah out first she was so excited for the 9th grade, then came time to get Jenny and Megan off to school, Jenny is a senior this year and Megan is a Jr. Last but not least was my Robbie's turn to get up. He wanted to wear his pajamas to school I had to veto that idea real fast. But after some food and his morning routine he was happy as well.

After that I celebrated the first day by doing laundry, dishes and cleaning. On top of freelancing and working on the business. I hope you moms who have the first day have as great a morning as I have.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Easy School Night Dinner's!

Ok, Anyone who knows me will testify I am a Pinterest junkie! (Shameless plug follow me here!) But me being a pinning junkie works out for you as well because this Mama has found 11 links to some easy weeknight dinners to get you through the beginning of school and all those great fall activities. REMEMBER show these amazing pinners some love and smash that follow button!

  1. Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta :This recipe looks like one I used to cook. I will be adding it to my cooking list very soon.
  2. Bacon Ranch Chicken Foil Packets : I have made this before! They are super easy and you can prep ahead of time and bake in the oven when your ready.
  3. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas: I have made these and they are awesome! For easier cleanup make sure you line your pan with foil. Best thing is you can prep everything the day before and be ready to cook. 
  4. Lasagna Roll-Ups : These are great. The best thing is you can make a bunch at one time and freeze them. When I have made these I buy a few small baking pans to reuse from the Dollar Tree to make and freeze these in groups of eight or ten Roll-Ups to a pan. Bake 1 hr or so in oven and you have a great dinner.
  5. Quick and Easy Meat Ball Sliders : Super easy to prepare and make!
  6. French Dip Sliders : Another quick and easy meal you can prep ahead of time. 
  7. Quick and Easy Chicken Lo Mein: Who doesn't like homemade Chinese food? Plus this recipe can be prepped ahead of time!
  8. Doritos Taco Salad : This was bought to a potluck at work and it was so good. I even switched out the beef when I made it for a chicken option. This salad is addictive. 
  9. Cheezy Goulash : This is a easy quick meal to make. My Grams used to make this for my Poppy and he loved it.
  10. Crockpot Baked Potatoes : This is a easy prepped ahead meal. If you dont have a crockpot go buy one because the time saved is worth every penny spent.
  11.  Shepards Pie : Another great prepped ahead meal. Yes, This meal is freezable for up to 3 months as well. 
There you go two weeks of school night dinners plus a spare to help any super busy time crunched mom(or dad). Any comments or suggestions please leave it in the feed below. Good luck with your school kick off.

Blessings and Hugs,

Monday, August 7, 2017

I Can Not Wait For Fall!!

I am one of those people who love the fall.  I love everything from the cooler weather to the different colors that come up. I know i am not alone because my Pinterest board for Fall has a massive following. Some people look at Fall in a way things die off and go into a slumber. For me it heralds "out with the old in with the new". While I wait patiently for the end of 99 degree weather I will look forward to cooler days and longer nights that only fall can provide.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Knowing Your Limits!

I have a hernia and it's been quite difficult to be my super active self because of the pain I have been in. So what does that mean for my family, my writing and my blogs. For now it means that this mama has to learn to take it easy. Unlike I used to I need to learn to slow down and take breaks. I also have to work out and lose weight slowly. So basically I have to be very very careful, lose weight and hopefully after November I will be having surgery again.  I gained 30 pounds last time I had surgery and it affected me so I am trying my best to deal with it all.

On the plus side of everything I am happy to announce that sometime in December my oldest is making me a Meemaw for the first time.  Our whole family is extremely excited. I have missed not posting but it's been a very stressful time for me.  I am used to doing so much and not being able to do things bothers me a lot.

I guess that's why I always say that my life is so crazy.

More Soon,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Remembering Mom Needs To Take Care Of MOM!

Hey ladies Angie here and today's lesson is a very simple one:
Mom's you need to take care of yourselves and listen to the signs your body is giving you! I know as Mom's we feel and have the need to want to put everyone else first. I know the feeling I try putting my kids, husband, and house first! Guess where that got me ... Back in the ER yesterday with a lovely five hour plus stay because they were slammed.  What did I find out? My HERNIA is forming again and I had a massive infection.  Great huh? NO!

So why am I posting this? I can't even go all super girl until Monday if I wanted to go to the gym and if I did go before hand I was told I can go on the bike, treadmill or light arm free weights! Nothing else and I have to be more careful with the abdominal workout. Do you hear me wanting to cry right now? I am so sad about this because I really am trying to lose weight! I want to go! The gym is a relaxing spot for me and at the end, I get my reward in the way of those amazing massage chairs! Sounds like our toddlers when we say no right? 

I asked the doctor how I can prevent this from happening again. His reply was slow down and listen to my body. He had asked what my days were like lately and I told him with my main job, freelancing, trying to get my business reopened and my writing I have been super busy! To which his reply was 'Maybe you need to slow down just a bit then so this doesn't get so bad again'.  He laughed when he saw the look on my face and he said something that made me stop and think,
"Even though you want to be a superhero your body is your own worst enemy when you over do it, you need to set limits and take care of yourself!"

He is right I have a very hard time setting my limits and now I have been working to achieve my goals safely. I mean my house looks like a bomb hit it but here I am sitting in bed blogging with you all.  You know what my kids don't care. If something bothers them they pick it up and put it away. My daughter even went and flipped the blanket in the dryer so it can get dried so I can move it to where it needs to be. My older teens are either at work or doing school projects out of the house. My husband is out at the class he is volunteering in so he can hopefully become a teacher there eventually. So even though I am a super mom I am using my cape as a blankie for a while and slowing down, I mean how are the kids and I supposed to have adventures if I can't do anything!

So my fellow superMoms and Dads take care of yourselves because our mini sidekicks need us in tip top shape!

Much Hugs and Love,