Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Weekend Project

A month ago, my hubby came home with a surprise for me!  After years of nagging me about my "side of the road finds", that I always end up loading into my car to sneak home. Then sanding & painting, to make it new and beautiful :)  He never ever can see my visions, but in the end loves everything I paint!
To my surprise, this is what he showed up with....

Apparently, he can see my visions... green wobbly legs, two purple chairs, and two black chairs.  He actually had faith, that I can make this worthy enough for our deck :)
It came out beautiful!
Thanks hubby!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Healthy Bites

Looking for a healthy yummy snack?  These energy bites are so addicting!  Packed with delicious ingredients, that don't make you feel guilty after popping one into your mouth :)

I found this recipe on Pinterest, which led me to Gimme Some Oven Blog. I'm loving this blog filled with recipe's galore!

These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

Check out Gimme Some Oven for more yummy recipes!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bribing VS. Rewarding

We have been talking a lot about setting goals in our house, along with rewarding for good behavior.  Bribing VS. Rewarding.... something that is kind of the same?  It's easy to entice our children to behave how we want them to, in exchange for treats or activities.  Does bribery become an ongoing pattern to teach them to act out for what they want?  I think that generally a bribe is done under duress -right smack in the middle of a situation that your child has sprouted horns and a tail.  It happens so quickly, that all you want to do is change your child's behavior on the spot. So you offer something that you had no previous intention to offer.  Some people would say this would put your child in the driver seat.  However,  I think the use of the reward in this situation is compensating your child for good behavior, rather than being manipulated.  More often than not, I like to reward with activities rather than something tangible.   It's important to think of things that are of value in your child's world (video games, TV time, computer, park, movies, etc.).  We try to work towards earning the more valued things in our home -which unfortunately is usually technology.
I'm sure this is a topic which can be much debated by moms & dads.  We have been trying to teach goal setting in our house.  In life, it's important to set goals and it sure feels good when you reach them.  I came home the a couple months ago to something my hubby was working on with our son.

The Goal:
Harry Potter Lego.
To reach his goal, Brayden must earn 200 points.  Below are pictures of the point system.  I was very proud of my hubby -it's a very cute idea!  I know it was killing him to not give the Lego to Bray.  However, it was fun to watch him earn points. So, the whole idea is to "earn" points daily toward his goal -the Lego.  The ways he could earn the points were by helping out in the house -beyond his normal responsibilities, doing a acts of kindness, and good behavior. 
Yes, we have a basketball hoop in our kitchen & a motivational quote :) Doesn't everyone?

Bonus Points!

  Let me tell you, he went ABOVE and BEYOND everyday trying to earn every last point!  It did get to a point that we had to cap off how many to earn in a day.... he was acting like my king, ready to serve me hand and foot!  Brayden had been begging for this Lego.  We do not allow electronics in our house to be used during the weekday... no Wii, Xbox, iPad, computer, NOTHING.  He spends a lot of time working on his Lego creations, and is always asking for new ones.  Kudos to daddy for the time and effort!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Out tradition as a family is a  Romantic Valentine's Day Family Dinner every year. This is something that Brayden get's so excited for! We usually celebrate with strawberry milk & sparkling cider, and pink mashed potatoes!  Thanks to Pinterest, this year I have been able to get lots of ideas for food and decorating :)

Here are some cute tablescapes ideas -from fellow bloggers!

So cute!

Definitely making these cute pizzas...
And Brayden will have some of these lunch ideas in his lunch box tomorrow...