I Choose Me

I watch as you head down a path that I have seen before. I sit back and shake my head in worry over what is going to happen to you. I wonder if there is anything I can do. Then I realize …. I cannot break me to help you anymore. I cannot live a life where my inner peace is being challenged with every moment. I cannot handle watching you make decisions that continue on a path of dark. Then I realize … I can lead a happy life, I can make things better. For me. I can choose […]

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Happy Faces, Happy Moments

I love looking back on pictures that make me smile… my boys and me in one shot, all happy — The Dad at my house on Christmas Eve — Getting a pic of all three of my kids and me, just to find out the little one was showing his chewed up food — And our first year of getting our Christmas tree without help from anyone else — I love that when I look back at so many pictures I have taken that each time we all seem so happy. The kids sort of went through a funk for […]

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Kid Friendly Ways to Decorate

I’m Penelope, and I usually post on my own site, Penelope’s Oasis, where I share beauty tutorials, relationship advice and homemaking ideas. Today I get to have the fun of posting on my friend Brandy’s blog and share some ideas for decorating with your kids for the holidays! The holidays are a fun time of year and children get caught up in the excitement of the season long before the actual holidays. It’s wonderful as a mom to see how much fun baking and decorating are for children, but what are safe ways to decorate with children, and safe ideas […]

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How to Make a Shipping Box Christmas Tree

This idea is taken from Disney Family Fun magazine craft section of their December/January 2012 edition. Supplies: Cardboard Box – Big enough for the size of tree you want. Tree shown in image is 12″ wide at base and 13″ tall to tip of tree. Hot Glue or Regular Glue Acrylic Paint, preferable green and/or red. Tree shown has a red/green pattern. Paint Brush Wire or string Paper or card stock for ornaments Buttons or big beads to put on wire/string garland Ruler Tissue Paper – at least one sheet to cover circle bottom of tree Scissors or adult box […]

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Let’s Talk about Christmas Trees – Real or Fake?

My family started a tradition years ago when the boys were way young of cutting down our own Christmas tree. It happened by accident, you see we were broke and not wanting to have to use my old school $14.99 retail Christmas tree I had from the first years of my daughter’s life, we drove past a sign “cut your own tree $10” and we were hooked. Each year we head to a small town in NH where you cut down your own tree and pay $10 on a ‘trust’ system, meaning they don’t hover over you at all when […]

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Hefty® Basics™ Paper Plates Review

For the past little while I have been testing out Hefty Basics Paper Plates that are biodegradable! I tested out two sizes, one being more of an adult size and the second being best sized for my children or a small meal for an adult. These plates are awesome not only because Hefty® Basics™ has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation™ on a quest to plant 10,000 trees but because these plates rock. Heavy duty, biodegradable, no dishes, what more could a mom ask for?! Every ten likes on Facebook will mean one tree gets planted! So what are you […]

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Christmas Tree Hunting

Every year we go and cut down our Christmas tree, it’s only $10 which is way cheaper than going to a place that already has one cut down. Plus this has started to be our family tradition for the past couple of years and it’s fun .. okay well my butt doesn’t like being out in the cold but I try to force a smile and have fun … really I walk up and say “there’s the tree, I like that one” and hope that Miss Ki will agree because she is super picky about her Christmas tree {she gets […]

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Outdoor Fun Time Coming to an End

A NH winter is on it’s way, we had snow the other day which means there are becoming few days left to climb trees in the back yard … And jumping in leaf piles? Oh you can just about already forget that because it is frost overnight which makes it no fun to jump in the leaves anymore … And you can just plain already forget about eating the wild apples from our apple trees while jumping in the leaves … Yes it is true! The dreaded NH Winter with pretty but freezing cold snow is on it’s way and […]

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Teaching Kids to Climb Trees

We have a backyard with a lot of trees, most of which look like good tress to climb. Me being the outdoor person I am, except Winter time, I decided that I wanted to try to climb a tree and show my kids that they can climb trees too! I know I will regret showing them that it’s okay to climb trees some day but we had fun! I attempted to climb a tree but apparently jeans were not flexible enough for me to even get up there! I let the kids do the climbing and with the boys well […]

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We Have Apple Trees

Yes, about three or four apple trees reside in our new back yard along with blueberry and raspberry bushes! Talk about our own fresh fruit!  The boys wanted some apples but alas the apples on the ground were pretty icky. AJ informs me that Grampa taught him how to eat wild apples, yes indeed – you eat around the yucky spots. I agree, if you are not picky like me and don’t mind a bruised up apple but when the wild apple is on the ground all brown with a slug on it, well you can say Mama is going […]

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