Archive for September, 2013

Pine Cone Splatter Art

Monday, September 30th, 2013 by by

After collecting pine cones, use them to create Pine Cone Splatter Art. This Fall activity will get kids moving and creating art with nature.

I am excited to share the latest in the Fall into Sensory PLAY series I am doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose! We have been sharing fun ideas for Fall themed sensory play. (more…)

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Rest Easy Knowing Your Vehicle’s Always Connected With OnStar (Sponsored)

Friday, September 27th, 2013 by by

We’re pretty lucky to live in a time where vehicles are smart – really smart.

For instance, how amazing is it that a car can call for help within seconds after a crash? With OnStar, a powerful built-in technology available in most GM vehicles, you’re connected to a live Advisor 24/7 so help is always close at hand. Additional technologies from OnStar include Stolen Vehicle Assistance and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics emails, which track your vehicle’s health.

Visit http://www.youtube.com/OnStar to see the incredible OnStar features that are available.

My Boss

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by by


“Bob, I’m going outside to water the yard.”

“Can I help?”

“Sure. You want to hold the hose?”

“No, I can supervise. I’ll be in the car.”

Moving

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by by

Yep, we’re moving.  Quite unexpectedly.  Matt got an amazing transfer offer, and it’s the kind of thing that would be a great opportunity and we had no real reason to stay where we are.

So right now, I’m in the process of getting the house ready to sell.  Part of that is “de-personalizing.”  Apparently it’s better not to have your personal family pictures up on the walls, so the prospective buyers can picture themselves there, rather than just seeing you.

So tonight I’m packing Cora’s shelf.  I hate putting it away.  The other pictures…well…I have the rest of my family HERE every day to look at, so that’s not really a big deal.

But it’s so sad to me.  Her whole life fits into one small box.


There’s the added emotion of moving further away again.  It’s not just time that separates us, it’ll be another few hundred miles as well, and it’s amazing how much that hurts.

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The 7 Best Crescent Roll Recipes

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by by

7 Simple Crescent Roll Recipes
Have you ever bought a tube of crescent rolls? Are you only using them to make ordinary crescents? Well, hold on to your socks, because there is a lot more that you can do with them. We have made lots of crescent roll recipes here on Mess For Less and they are always crowd pleasers. Simply by changing up the fillings, you can make desserts, snacks and even meals. So grab a tube of crescents next time you are at the store and experiment with these delicious crescent roll recipes. (more…)

Car Seat Confessions

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by by

I am somewhat of a planner.
Ok, not always but there are some things I really sit & think my way through.
One of them has been car seats.
Yeah, the oh-so-controversial topic.
Which, for the record, I do not understand WHY.
Why would you NOT keep your kids as safe as possible for as long as possible?

Pretty easy for me to get.
And yeah, I understand 5-point harnesses are a pain in the ass with triplets.
But, I don’t really care.
I would hate to be in an accident with a child ending up hurt & wish I hadn’t been so focused on how difficult it is to get them in & out of those suckers because at the end of the day, they are the safest.
Which brings me to the topic of the day.
When do you switch from those pesky 5-point harnesses & in to boosters?
When we purchased car seats, I did tons of research.
I wanted to get the most bang for our buck.
We started w/ infant carriers & kept them rear-facing until they were about 14 months old.
Then it was time to move to the bigger seats.
Due to our mode of transportation, a Honda CRV, rear-facing was not an option with the new seats.


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Back to School By The Numbers

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by by

Well, the school year got back into full swing at the end of August, and while I was sad to say “good-bye” to time with the kids, I was also more than ready to say “hello” to routine…and freedom.

School started for Hayden on a Monday and the rest of the kids followed suit on Wednesday.  Unlike years past when the first day consisted of a brief 4 hours of class time, this year they instituted a full day right out of the gate.  I told myself that I would take a break from thinking/working/chores/projects, etc. during the first half week, but once Labor Day was over I would dive into all of the projects and activities that had laid fallow all summer long.  Buuuuut…as we all know, the best laid plans don’t always go accordingly.

Let’s start with the good stuff:

Hayden’s first day:

Hayden has grown about 50 feet over the summer.  No joke.   (more…)

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A Whale Of A Time

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by by



I think it’s safe to say that a good portion of Americans use the word AWESOME- constantly. That word may have become mainstream in the 80′s but unlike big hair, pop rocks and A Flock of Seagulls it has remained. (To be honest I think I only miss Pop Rocks).

No question, “awesome” is WAY overused and let’s be honest, rarely are the things that we call “awesome” truly inspire awe. Well, since I’ve began my journey as a mommy. I have experienced three things that are truly AWESOME. (more…)

The Inside World

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by by


Following is the piece I wrote for the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and The Partnership at Drugfree.org live-streaming event of personal stories to #EndMedicineAbuse.

The Inside World
You’€™re only seven now Bob, but when you’€™re older, a little older than now, we will have a talk. We will sit down and I will assure you that you’€™re not in trouble but that we need to talk about something. You might roll your eyes. You will tell me that you know everything already but I know that you don’€™t.

You don’t know that your brain, your vast and magical one-of-a-kind brain, will be developing until you’€™re twenty-five. (more…)

How to Handle Homework?

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by by

I think this is what I was most worried about with the kids going to school
Yes, homework.
No, not the amount, just how to handle it…ya know, the logistics of having 3 doing homework, that is obviously parent guided.

And I know there are people out there that 3 kids but they are different ages.
Let’s face it, you can’t compare apples & oranges.
Here is a perfect example of what I mean.

We have to read with the kids for 10 minutes a day.
I have interpreted that to mean 10 minutes with EACH child, not collectively although it will happen like that on days we have gymnastics.
The kids aren’t ready to read alone, they need us to read to them or guide them through the reading.

So, 10 minutes just turned in to 3 minutes.
And while 30 minutes doesn’t seem all that long, when you run a tight schedule, it is a bit of an imposition.
Not complaining at all, this momma loves to read so I know how very important this is! (more…)

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