Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Easy Coleslaw Dressing by Moms4boys

I love to eat coleslaw! Every time I make coleslaw this is the recipe that I use. I have had many special requests for this yummy bowl of coleslaw. Here is what you need:

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise 
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. horseradish (optional, I don't always use it)
1 one pound bag of coleslaw or shred a pound of cabbage and carrots


Mix the ingredients of the dressing. After the dressing is mixed add the cabbage and chill.  

Hope you enjoy this coleslaw as much as we do!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Why Every Mom Should Know How To Make Money: My Life Changing Story

Many years ago. Far too many years ago to count, when in my late teens I observed something that has lingered in my memory forever reminding me of a vow I made to myself. A vow made long before my children were even a thought.

I sat as a young single adult in a Sunday school class. Just observing life happen, as I so often do. I was observing a mother of 7 children interact with her youngest child. Her child after several weeks of crawling around the Sunday school room floor was finally walking. He was barefoot. His young tender feet cruised the room as he had no socks on and no shoes. Aparently I wasn't the only observer that noticed his bare feet. Another observant person dared to make an inquisitive comment to his mother as to the obvious fact the child was cruising the room with no shoes! Her response perhaps honest yet surprising has bothered me forever. Her response was,"Isn't he lucky"...  LUCKY!!!??? A voice screamed inside me telling me that it wasn't "luck" that kept him barefoot several Sundays to follow. It was finances. On several occasions prior to this incident his mother had commented that finances were tight. With only the father working and with seven children, it's no doubt that things had to be tight on his public serveant salary. The mother's response and my bitter realization stung my ears, twisted and knotted my stomach, and imprinted on my mind. I vowed that day to myself and to my unborn children that I would never let them go without shoes because I didn't know how to make money.

I want it to be clear I am not promoting being a career mommy nor poo pooing stay at home mommies. What I am promoting is that mommies need to have a few tricks up their sleeves. I am saying that as women and as mommies we need to know how to make money. I'm not saying neglect ones children in the pursuit of money, power and luxuries, I'm just saying enhance their childhood by knowing how to make money.  Have the capability to be self relient in the face of economic tragedy.  Be educated in the full sense of the word. Have talents. Pursue talents. Be an entrprenuer. Be strong. Be the person you want your children to be. Be mindful of future possibilities. Work hard. Teach your children to work hard.

I have seen countless mommies unexpectedly end up widows, divorced, or due to health concerns end up having to be bread winners. I have seen these women enter panic mode. They are good women. Women who have dedicated their lives to their family and yet in the face of economic tragedy they are left scrambling. Scrambling to find undeveloped talents. Scrambling for the education that never happened. Scrambling to pursue the future that never happened.

So, what am I really saying? If you are a baker have a little side business baking cakes for birthday parties. Maybe you only get a gig a few times a year. But; you have a little something that in the face of tragedy you can lean on it and grow it. If you are a photgrapher do photo minis twice a year. Does this make sense? Have some tricks up your sleeve!

I know its hard to find who we are when we are in mommy mode. Its so easy to lose ourselves. Sometimes we are in so deep we don't even realize we are sinking. Sometimes we don't know how to get out. Take some time to find your self  (believe me I know that this is easier said than done.) Find the tricks that you have up your sleeve. Be prepared. Be self relient. Be strong. Be talented. Be the best woman and mommy you can be!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Tips and Conversation Starters For A Successful School Year

 With the beginning of a new school year anxiety can be high for kids (and parents),  a whole new year is ahead of them and us! New adventures are just waiting to happen. To help the new school year run smoothly here is a list of a few things you can do and  talk about with your kids.

1. Make homework expectations clear. Are they to do homework right when they get home? Have it done before dinner? Before bedtime? Having this expectation clear and enforcing it can help your child get it done in a time frame that you feel to be appropriate. Confusion and arguments can possibly be avoided by having homework expectations clear to your child.

2. Give CLEAR and REALISTIC expectations to your child on what type of grades they should be getting. Then as the parent help them reach these realistic goals. This might mean you have to spend extra time assisting with homework or you may have to hire a tutor. Or relax and let your child take charge of their responsibilities. Whatever your expectation is make sure it is realistic for your child. Every child excels in different areas at different times.

3. Provide a clean and quiet area for homework and study to happen.

4. Talk to your child about making friends. Remind them how a friend behaves. Especially talk about this if your child has a hard time making friends or if they will be going to a new school.

5. Talk to your child about bullying. Make sure they know what bullying is. Teach them what to do if they feel bullied. Teach them what to do if they see someone else being bullied.

6. Remind/ teach them what appropriate or inappropriate touching is. Teach them what to do if something makes them uncomfortable.

7. Have clear expectations/ rules on television and gaming during the "school days." Will you allow tv or gaming on school days? Do they have a time limit? Or are you "mean" like me and allow no tv or gaming Monday - Thursday?

8. Make sure everyday they have time to play and have fun. Let them go outside and get fresh air!

9. Go to back to school night. Attend parent teacher conference. Make sure you know the teachers expectations and make sure the teacher knows the expectations you have for your child and the teacher. 

10. Check what your child has for homework every night. Review their finished homework every night.

11. Volunteer as time permits.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Easy Pancake Recipe By Moms 4 Boys

When cooking for four boys it isn't always easy to find complete "crowd pleasing" recipes. But; when those rare occasions do happen, I CELEBRATE them! So if you want to whip up some homemade pancakes that will give you only smiles and compliments here's the recipe!

What you will need:

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 1/4 cups of almond milk (vanilla sweetened if preferred) or just regular cows milk up to you!

1 egg

3 tablespoons butter, melted

cinnamon powder, a few dashes to your own liking

Yields about 8 servings, I like to double the recipe and have leftovers for the boys to eat the next morning.

Directions:
 
1. Combine all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt, white sugar.

2. Add milk, egg, melted butter.

3. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

4. Add cinnamon if desired and mix well.

5. Pour about 1/4 a cup of batter on a lightly greased griddle ( I like to use butter) or frying pan that has been heated on medium heat.

6. Once little popping bubbles are seen on the pancake, flip the pancake. A golden brown color is desired. 

7. Serve hot.

Enjoy!!!



Friday, August 23, 2013

Do you or your kids have sleep issues? A possible simple solution!

For years my oldest son has had "sleep issues." Actually, he has had issues with sleep since he came out of the womb! His main issue has been falling asleep and then struggling to stay asleep. He wakes often and always seems to be in a light restless sleep and is woken by the slightest noise or movement. Because of these very issues, I have had many long and hard months with him. As a young and new mother I was completely sleep deprived for years due to his sleep struggles . At around his third year of life, his sleep issues worsened as he developed a loud snore like gasp for air sound that to this day I have never heard duplicated by anyone. This loud noise that came out of him as he struggled to sleep also made breathing difficult. After several months of this, I decided to take him to his pediatrician, to once again discuss his sleep issues. After seeing a specialist is was determined that he had enlarged tonsils and they were obstructing his ability to breathe while sleeping. He was operated on and I had the silent hope that this would be the magical solution to the years of sleep issues that he had been enduring. The operation was successful in that he is now able to sleep and breathe at the same. But; the operation was not the magical solution I desired and hoped for with regards to him being able to stay asleep. Some years ago it had been suggested to me by various people to attempt the use of Melatonin. I have no idea why I never tried it with my son. I actually now feel very foolish for never having attempted its use. Its natural and non habitat forming. A few days ago after he lay in bed tossing around for two hours I left to the pharmacy to buy Melatonin. To my surprise I even found it in "gummie" form! Thanks to it being in "gummie" form I don't have to deal with the issues of pills or issues of it not tasting good! He gladly chewed them up and went to bed! I have noticed that since he started taking Melatonin he seems to be falling asleep in a reasonable amount of time! I asked him if he has noticed a difference and he said yes!!!! He said that he is now sleeping the WHOLE night without waking up! What?! My sleepless and restless kid is sleeping through the night?! Yep ladies and gentlemen, after nine excruciating years of him trying to sleep, he is now sleeping the WHOLE night with out waking up. I am no doctor and have no medical background so I'm just sharing a little momma secret that took me way too long to listen to. So if you or your little one are having some sleep issues, I suggest considering taking some Melatonin. I have to admit I took some magic gummies before I went to bed last night and I woke in the morning better rested than I usually do. Here is to wishing all you mommas and little ones out their a happy restful night! Sweet Dreams!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

10 Reasons To Attend Bloggy Boot Camp

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending my FIRST EVER blogger conference! It was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend ANYONE that is considering blogging to attend Bloggy Boot Camp! If you need a little more convincing here are 10 reasons to attend Bloggy Boot Camp!

1) Bloggy Boot Camp is affordable.
2) Bloggy Boot Camp gives a basic overview of the legal issues surrounding blogging.
3) Bloggy Boot Camp gives invaluable information on how to organize your blog.
4) Bloggy Boot Camp gives opportunity for networking and friendship.
5) Bloggy Boot Camp gives tips on writing blog posts.
6) Bloggy Boot Camp helps you find and define your niche.
7) Bloggy Boot Camp offers tips on "tech stuff" that can make a blogger's life easier.
8) Bloggy Boot Camp helps the blogger find themselves as a blogger and as a person.
9) Bloggy Boot Camp offers tips and intro to vlogging.
10) Bloggy Boot Camp is FUN

I am totally going to attend another Bloggy Boot Camp.There is such a depth of knowledge given that it is a MUST to attend the conference over and over again!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Motherly Inspirational Quotes: Picasso





“My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.”  Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”



 

– Pablo Picasso






Time with our children is so precious and way too short. In this short little time we are given with our children there are times that words slip out of our mouths and reach our children's ears even before we have time to think them through. What is the message we are giving our children?  We know we have high hopes for our children but do they know? We know and see their great potential twinkling in their eyes. But; do they see it? Or do our words extinguish the twinkle before it has time to live and thrive?

What a solid and beautiful message that Picasso's mother gave him. She gave him the freedom to be whatever he desired to be and breathed into him the belief he needed to become  the best at whatever he desired. May we all help our children feel and live their potential.