Monday, January 5, 2015

Dade Battlefield Reenactment

This past weekend we went to the Dade Battlefield Reenactment.  Actually, we've gone just about every weekend since my son was born.  My father in law is a in the reenactment as Chief Osceloa.  The reenactment is held the first weekend of every year.  One 'battle' Saturday, and the other Sunday.

This reenactment is about the Second Seminole War, which started on December 28th, 1835. A group of 107 soldiers were led by Major Dade when they were ambushed by the Seminole warriors.  In only 8 hours, just 3 soldiers survived what would be the beginning of the Second Seminole War. 

You can read more about the Dade Battlefield Society and Reenactment HERE at the website.  It's located in Bushnell, FL.  I'll warn you, however, there is plenty of shade when walking around.  BUT, where the actual 'battle' takes place, there is no shade to be had.  Make sure you bring plenty of water! 










There are plenty of food vendors, as well as specialty vendors where you can buy handcrafted items.  This really is a good informative, historical event to go to.  I like learning different things having to do with History, and this is a winner in my book! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Resolutions, or Goals?

As we're coming to the close of another year, I'm sure you all have the same thoughts as I do;  "What are my resolutions/goals going to be for the NEW year?!"  I'm calling mine goals this year, since a goal is something you can really 'rollover' into the next year.  If I don't follow through with one, it can be moved into the next year without any problems.  Resolutions, we really make to resolve and I can never seem to follow through on those!  I'll do good for the first 2 or so months, then forget it.  It all goes down hill from there.

I have a pretty big goal for myself this year, one I don't want to talk TOO much about, but eventually I will.  Just give me some time!  In fact, it's a life changer.  A big, bad, scary life changer at that.  But, I'm a big girl and I'll get through it.  All of my goals for the new year will be based around this one big life changer.  I probably shouldn't really call it a goal, because no one really sees this 'something' as a goal.  Actually, most people probably don't foresee it, or even want to think about it.  Ever.

I will list my goals that I'm OK with sharing right at this moment, however.  I won't leave y'all hanging on the edge for long, I promise ;-) 

So, here goes.  (I tried not to make a terribly long list.  Just for the fact that I don't want to hold myself accountable for too much)


  1. Budget/Save money.  This one is hard for me.  I only work part time, and I don't have a lot of money to actually save.  But, there are things I can cut back on.  *Sorry Starbucks*
  2. Focus on my blog/Youtube.  Here's a big one for me.  I really want to make the most of this blog.  I have fun, and I admit, there are many times I come up short on what to write about.  But, organization is going to have to be key.  Which brings me to....
  3. Organization!  I need this!  No really, I NEED this goal to happen.  Do you realize how much organization can help all around?  It can even help you save money.  You know all those Christmas stockings you knew you had lying around the house, but couldn't find?  But, then you went out and bought more, only to find those said stockings packed away?  Yep.  Organization would've helped solve that problem. 
  4. School/Job.  Yes, I have a job, like I mentioned above.  But, I need something full time in this stage of life.  In order to do that, I think finishing school would be ideal.  I'm not quite ready to go back and finish my degree, but instead do a short term program to get me in the workforce quicker.  Then, yes, I do plan on finishing my degree.  That's a big thing for me.  Something I know I can do, but again, in this time, I know I won't be able to do it.  Soon. 
  5. Be a better mom.  I know most all of us mom's doubt ourselves at times, but we really are the best moms we can be.  Personally, I know I do a good job as a mother, I just want to be a happier mom.  The last few years have been tough on me, and I can tell it's affected not only myself, but my kids as well.  I don't want that anymore.  They need to see their mom smiling and having a good time.  Not just a part time happy mom, but a full time one! 
  6. Last, but not least, eating healthy.  OK, OK.  This, along with exercising, is on just about everyone's list for the new year.  I'm not about to put exercising on mine.  Sure, it's something I'd like to do, but I'm not holding myself accountable for that right now!  I want to start out eating healthy - less eating out (which actually will help #1 on my list) and less boxed foods.  Then, we'll see about the exercising. If anything, I'd like to do a couple 5K's with my kids.  But first, eating healthy.  Whenever I fall off the 'eating healthy train', I find myself feeling yuck.  Just plain yuck.  My anxiety comes out in full force and it's not pretty.  That causes me to be unhappy, so this will also help with my #5.  
So, those are about it.  There's not many, but I don't need many, nor do I do many.  This is just enough for me.  They are goals that all kind of tie into one another.  I may try to blog about these over the course of 2015, we'll just play that by ear!  

Now, I'd love to read or hear about any of your resolutions/goals!  What do you call them? Leave a comment or link a post on your blog with your resolutions/goals for the new year!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Are you a procrastinator like myself?  Well, if you are, I have the perfect last minute DIY sugar scrub!  This would be great for a Christmas gift.  

I love the smell of peppermint and this scrub has just enough scent to make me happy :-)  

The great thing is, you can really control the consistency of just how coarse you like your scrub.  I like to really 'feel' my scrubs working, so I like mine a little more coarse.  If that's the way you like yours, add more sugar!  If you like it less coarse, add less.

I really like how soft it makes my hands feel after using it.  My daughter has been enjoying the scrub as well.  I like to use this on my knees and elbows, along with my hands of course. 


1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar
1/2 - 1 cup coconut oil
4 - 6 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil (I used Jojoba oil.  It turned out fine)
A couple drops of red food coloring

Melt your coconut oil.
Then add the peppermint and jojoba oil into the coconut oil.
Stir.
Add your sugar and mix well. 
Divide your sugar in half.  In one bowl, add a couple drops of red food coloring.
Mix.
Taking your jars/containers, alternate between the red and white sugar mixes.
Now, go test out your sugar scrub! 

Check out the video below for a video tutorial:


Also, follow this link to the video tutorial for this DIY lip scrub! 



Friday, December 5, 2014

The Amazing Zhus!

With Christmas right around the corner, parents are frantically running around thinking of what they need to get for gifts.  In our household, that means finding gifts for an 8 and 5 year old!  Without having to break the bank, finding gifts can be hard.  Especially at these ages.

Recently, we were sent a box full of goodies!  The Amazing Zhus to be exact! These little guys, and gals, are close 'relatives' of the original Zhu Zhu pets.  So, if you're a fan of them, you should be a fan of these!

We received The Amazing Zhus Stunt Pet Dynamo & Abra, as well as Madame Zhu.  We also got, The Magician Shell Game and The High Dive.  These are both, stunt and magician pets.


OK, so.  The kids enjoyed them!  Their favorite was The High Dive.  My 5 year old had a little bit of a hard time getting the Zhus to 'click' into the cart if you will.  But once she got it on, it was on!  It is fun to watch them all get around on the floor.  You never know what direction they'll go.  And, if you have a cat?  Be ready for some entertainment! 

Dynamo

Madame Zhu
Madame Zhu came with a wand that, when you point it at one spot, she will follow.  This actually did happen too!  Pretty neat.  The technology these days.  Where were my Amazing Zhus growing up?!

Madame Zhu is also a Magician Pet.  You can pick these from the stunt pets by the hats that they have on.

Ah.  Second childhood my kids bring me.

Abra

Me, mom, wasn't a fan of, The Magician Shell Game.  Maybe we weren't doing it right, but it didn't seem to do what it was suppose to.  It's basically suppose to go around, or to, the shell that has the nut in it.  Then again, we may not have been in an open enough room to have it do what it was suppose to do. 

The Zhus themselves are fun to watch.  The kids get a kick out them, which is what they are intended to do!  They chirp and squeal, they make all kinds of noises basically. 

You can find The Amazing Zhus at Walmart and on Amazon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Mudslide!

Today marks 1 week  until I'm back at home being a stay at home mom.  I'm pretty nervous!  This is taking a huge step forward (and back in some ways) in my Faith in God, that everything will be OK.  It's always scary, going into a new stage of life.  But, I need to learn how to put my full Trust in Him.  And honestly, that scares me!  Even when I know it shouldn't, it does!

Anyways, with that being said, I'm hoping to start posting more!  I've been doing a lot with sweets (baking) and making drink concoctions.  Including this one, for the kids.  A kid-friendly chocolate mudslide!  Imagine your kids going to school telling their teacher that their parents let them have a mudslide.  Yep, I can totally see that happen! 



My kids have been asking for this almost every night.  I can tell you one thing, it saves my can of whipped cream from being guzzled down when I'm not looking! 


You only need, chocolate milk, Oreo cookies, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream!  I didn't do any particular measuring, just eyeballed it accordingly.  It's like a milkshake.  A delicious milkshake!  You can even get fancy and drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass for looks (obviously taste too). Throw the ingredients into a blender and mix!  Viola!  An easy chocolatey shake.



Of course, don't forget the whipped cream on top.  But, I'm thinking your kids won't let that happen.  I know mine sure wouldn't!


I'm linking over at Inspiration Spotlight

Monday, October 13, 2014

Candy Corn Halloween Punch


To go along with my Halloween posts, here's a quick treat for ya! Maybe serve this at your Halloween party? 

It had a different taste with the Jell-O in it, but it was good nonetheless.  The kids really liked it, and that was the goal.  To make something that the kids would enjoy.  It was white, orange and 'yellow' if you will.  The yellow was the Jell-O past that was a different taste.  Mostly, because it was kind of chunky.  Think, Jell-O but more liquidy. 


What you'll need:

Box of lemon Jell-O (I used the smaller box)
2 cups Mango Nectar (found in the juice aisle)
3 1/2 cups Orange Soda
Whipped cream
Honey
Candy Corn

Mix 1 cup boiling water, Mango Nectar and lemon Jell-O together in a bowl.  Mix until dissolved.

Pour mixture into a pitcher and put in the fridge for 3 hours.  It will not be fully set.

Now, add your orange soda slowly.

Put your whipped cream on top (I actually used Cool Whip)

Finally, drizzle honey and add some candy corn.

Display for your Halloween Party!  When ready to serve, mix together.






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Bark!

I can't believe we're already into the Fall season, which means new decorations around the house, crafts for the kids and yummy treats!  I've decided to do something different and do a month long celebration of Halloween themed crafts and treats/recipes.  So, today I'm posting this yummy Halloween Bark recipe.  

I thought it was rich, but everyone else thought it was delicious.  If you like sweet and salty, this treat is perfect for you.  Who doesn't love sweet and salty? I know I do!  Rich or not, there's something about that wonderful combination that just melts in your mouth. 



You'll need:
1 cup pretzels (broken into pieces)
1 1/2 cup candy corn pieces
12-14 Oreo cookies (broken into pieces)
1 pound Almond Bark or white chocolate melts


Take a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread out your broken pieces of cookies, candy corn and pretzels.  

Next, melt your Almond Bark, or white chocolate melts, according to the directions on the package.

Using a spatula, spread the melted bark over your broken pieces.  Set in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Then, break into pieces!

This would be great packaged up and given as treats at a Halloween party!