I Love Crock Pot Recipes

As a busy Mom of three children my crock pot has become my best friend. I can easily get up at the crack of dawn with my 3 year old who just loves to wake up the moment light shines through and start dinner on low in my trusty crock pot. I have tried placing a dark curtain (rather sheet as I don’t have extra curtains for his room) over his window and everything but my sweet AJ seems to know exactly when the sun comes up and scream “Mama it light out, you come get me”.

My crock pot makes it easy for me to pile everything into it, turn it on low and leave it there all day so that come 5 or 6pm dinner is pretty much ready, unless I am making something to go with it, then I cook that on the stove which takes 10 minutes or less. So basically for 10 minutes of my time I can have a full course meal for my three children and me!

Go Graham Go

I was checking out my email blog subscriptions yesterday when I happened upon a great crock pot meal idea that is affordable and sounds delicious. Go Graham Go has the recipe listed on her blog for Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken. I plan to buy the supplies needed during my next grocery shopping trip to Walmart so that I can taste test this delicious recipe idea!

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Jumpstart Escape From Adventure Island Review


My family recently gave Jumpstart’s new Wii Game a try, Escape from Adventure Island for ages 5-9 and here is a review of this wonderful learning game!

About Jumpstart Escape From Adventure Island

After an emergency landing, you find yourself stranded on Adventure Island. You’ll need all your courage, brain power and explorer skills to repair your blimp. Will you find a way home?

Your child will learn over 150 skills:

  • Alphabetizing
  • Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Odds & Evens
  • Fractions
  • and much more!



In My Opinion

This game ROCKS! Seriously, I wasn’t watching my daughter (age 7) play this the whole time but I was listening while cooking dinner and washing dishes. It was amazing to hear what she was actually learning while playing Jumpstart Escape From Adventure Island.

After hearing there was a lot of learning going on to ensure she would advance in the game play, I sat down with her to watch.  The age group of 5-9 is perfect, Jumpstart definitely knows what children need at various ages and for that I completely commend them!

My three year old was jealous and tried to play but alas this game was certainly a bit advanced for him, so he was able to play Jumpstart’s first Wii game after sissy was done.

I give this game a high recommendation, I am a Mom who believes children can learn from playing games and Jumpstart is a happy addition to our family.

The ESRB rating for Jumpstart Escape from Adventure Island is E for everyone.

Jumpstart Escape From Adventure Island Contest

Jumpstart is holding a contest where 50 winners will receive their very own copy of Jumpstart Escape from Adventure Island for the Wii and 3 lucky winners will receive the Ultimate Escape Prize Pack.

Head on over to Jumpstart’s blog to learn more about the contest and how you can enter to win. Their contest ends November 16, 2009.

Make it a Happy Day!

Disclosure: My family received a free copy of Jumpstart Escape from Adventure Island from Jumpstart to throwoughlly review with my children. I was not paid any money and I was told to provide an honest, unbiased opinion which is what you have received in this review.

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Lost My Funk

What do you do when you are an entrepreneur and your household income is soley your responsibility and you have lost your funk?

With all going on in my personal life it’s been hard to focus on work and blogging because even though I know the decisions that have been made are the right ones, it’s still a huge change. Luckily my daughter has taken the separation well, her response was “he’s not my father, if it was my Dad then I would be upset. Justin is only my step Dad mom”. Silly me to think my 7 year old who has had Justin a part of her life for the past three and a half years wouldn’t be upset … silly Mom what were you thinking?!

Lately I have been losing my funk to complete work that needs to be done, write blog posts on time and still keep up with moving my husband’s stuff around, splitting up what he takes, what I keep and ensuring that I can continue with the same schedule after he is gone. Girl Scouts (Brownies) will be hard to keep up with because now I have to find someone to take the two boys while I go to that event, hopefully I can find someone as Brownies was something I promised to do with Ki this year, since last year I was nursing Baby K and couldn’t be away from him that long.

Here is what I have been doing to remained focus and move forward in a positive direction to get work done and succeed both emotionally and financially:

  • Take a few deep breaths and relax.
  • Focus on one task at a time, whether it be work, children, events or something else. Take ONE thing at ONE time.
  • Complete said task and move on to task number two, continue until you have completed your daily routine of work.
  • Write about what’s on your mind, publish a blog post based on your personal opinion, emotions or maybe have your child guest blog if they are old enough to tell a story.
  • Remember that the past is the past and the future is unknown, focus on today because that is the only control you have.

What do you do when times get rough and you find your funk has just simply been LOST?? Do you meditate? Do you think happy thoughts? Do you exercise? What is it that makes you find your funk again?

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Johnny Test Johnny X and Super Pooch Review

I receive a DVD once a month from N Circle Entertainment and this month was Johnny Test: Johnny X and Super Pooch.

About Johnny Test: Johnny X and Super Pooch

Follow the adventures of this fearless 11-year old boy, his genetically engineered super talking dog Dukey, and his 13-year old super genius scientist twin sisters, Susan and Mary, who use Johnny as their guinea pig for their out of this world scientific experiments.

When trouble is brewing in Porkbelly, Johnny and Dukey suit up in their superhero gear and take to the skies! With a little help from Susan and Mary, Johnny X and Super Pooch are on the case!

In Our Opinion

My 7 year old said that she loves Johnny Test and has watched him on television, she said she watched story 5 and she said she loved it so much.

The DVD comes with six stories that your daughter or son will love. I personally thought this would be a “boys” movie, however, my daughter has proved me wrong yet again! She loves Johnny Test’s sisters.

You can purchase Johnny X and Super Pooch on Amazon.

Make it a Happy Day!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD for free in exchange for my personal opinion of the DVD, all opinions set forth are based on my own personal reviews and opinions of my children.

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Day 11: Burned 1000 Calories

Today is Day 11 of the EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge and I received a trophy for burning 1000 calories total.

My DD thinks this is a pretty trophy

My DD thinks this is a pretty trophy

So I had a good workout but did it at the end of the day not first thing in the morning. Today is Sunday and while my husband is still living here, I still do my Sunday sleep in routine where I get to snooze as long as I want to catch up on my long 6 previous days with the three amigos (my children).

Not only did I do my normal work out and burned great amount of calories but I did some yard work and cleaning of my garage. Since my husband is moving within the next week or two we are trying to organize things and make room in the garage so that maybe I can rent it out for someone to store their vehicle or boat, something like that.

I had fun playing with the kids in our backyard, running around and smiling and laughing all day! I also was able to find some long lost clothing for my daughter and many items I could try to sell but put out front for free instead. Normally I would place my free items on Freecycle but reality is I don’t have the time to wait for people to come pick up items. Where I live is a fast and busy road so normally free piles go fast, we have already had most of the items taken … yay!

Next was to clean the yard up a bit for Winter, we bagged up items that had accumulated from drivers who apparently feel it’s okay to toss their junk out of their cars into our yard and some other items that needed to be tossed out. Next week we will work on getting the kids toys taken care of for Winter and putting our old tires we took out of our woods placed neatly down along the property line so that the kids will have their sledding area ready for snow days!

So today was great, here are the images of my EA Sports Active workout …

Day 11 EA Sports Active Wii

EA Sports Active Day 11

Make it a Happy Day!

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Day 9 and Day 10 EA Sports Active Update

Today is Day 10 of my EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge
and I am excited that I am continuing along with my venture to get fit and healthy! I will tell you I took one too many “rest” days this week but plan on working out a few days in a row to make up for it. Overall I am to have 20 workout days and 10 rest days with this program.

Today I was lucky because I had my three kids cheering me on to get moving forward in my fitness goals, every time I did a good workout they would cheer for me …

Ki gave me the ol' thumbs up on my workout!

Ki gave me the ol' thumbs up on my workout!

Today I wanted to not only show you a picture of my workout … but calculate all the calories and workout hours I have completed in my 10 days of the 30 Day Challenge. I really hope you are enjoying my updates … please remember I love hearing about your stories too so share them with me in a comment or blog post …

Day 10 Workout Update

Day 10 Feel the Burn Baby!

Day 10 Feel the Burn Baby!


  • Calories Burned in 10 Days: 634.2
  • Hours Worked Out In 10 Days: 1 hour and 15 minutes

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Small Talk Six: Doomed On A Desserted Island

smalltalksix300Click the image above to see how you can join in on this, there is a list of topics over at MomDot for you to get ready to join us this week or in the future!

The topic this week is “6 reasons why you would be doomed if you were stranded on a deserted island all by yourself” … You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . .

  1. No gutting fish for me, icky.
  2. Starting fire will burn down island.
  3. No sense of direction, at all!
  4. Scared of the dark, yes SERIOUS.
  5. Survival skills, what does that mean?
  6. No Internet or phone, help me!

    Make it a Happy Day!

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