Ting's Mom

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ting Talk

The older Ting gets, the more interesting/funny/deep/etc the conversations get. It's time I start recording them somewhere.

Ting Talk: Conversations With My Daughter

While cooking dinner after a very long day chaperoning a school field trip...

Ting: Mom, brother is throwing crayons
Ting: Mom, did you hear me?
Me: I'm sorry. I'm too tired to care.
Long Pause
Ting: So I can be bad and I won't get it trouble?
Longer Pause
Me: Bug, go to the time-out chair

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Karen Weido

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mini Barbeque Cheesy Cups

I am an eMeals Ambassador. I receive a complimentary subscription to the eMeals service in exchange for my review and promotion of the program. This post also contains affiliate links.

I've been a member of eMeals for over a year now and love how easy it is to just skim the weekly meal plan and find something new for my family to try. We've been on several plans over the past year - low calorie, slow cooker, classic, etc.  But this newest plan is the one that I am most excited about.

eMeals now offers Kid-Friendly Meal Plans. I'm a picky eater myself, plus two young kids in my house means I'm always desperate for something kid friendly that the entire family can enjoy.

If you are looking for simple, kid-friendly meal planning, eMeals is the place for you. Just click to sign up and the plans can be delivered right to your inbox on a weekly basis. They also have an app that delivers the plans right to your phone.

Want to see how kid-friendly and delicious these meals can be? Check out these Mini Barbeque Cheesy Cups that were in my first meal plan.

Mini BBQ Cheesy Cups | #meals #kidfriendly

This recipe makes 12 cups. You can easily half or double this recipe to adapt to your family size.

2lb ground beef
2 cups BBQ sauce
2 tsp onion powder (I didn't use this)
1 tsp salt
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown and drain your beef. Stir in BBQ sauce and salt, and let simmer for a little bit.  In the meantime, roll out crescent rolls and smash together all the seams. Cut into six equal pieces (six pieces per can) and then put the pieces into a greased muffin pan to make cups.  Pour your beef mixture into the cups and top with shredded cheese. Cook at 375 for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Karen Weido

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy BDay, Hubby

Happy Happy Birthday today to my awesome and amazing husband. He finally caught up with me!!

Happy Birthday, Hubby!

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Karen Weido

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hampton Hogskin Holiday

This past Saturday we continued our journey on the Southwest Arkansas festival tour. Our destination: The Hampton Hogskin Holiday.

Hampton Hogskin Holiday | #swark #festivals

This was one festival I have heard about for several years, but have never visited. Last year Uncle Si was the main attraction, but this year was just a regular event.

My mom and Bug went with Ting and me for the day. We drove a little over an hour to reach the festival in this tiny Arkansas town.  This was definitely not the largest festival we will visit this year.

After struggling to find a parking spot and getting the stroller unloaded, we managed to visit the entire "craft" portion of this festival in under 15 minutes.  Our next stop was the quilt show where we did see some pretty things. My mom quilts and Ting has a growing interest in sewing, so they were in their element.

Next we visited the fair? Apparently the equivalent to our county fair comes to Hampton for the Hog Skin Holiday event. We walked around for a few short minutes and decided to get something to eat.  My mom and I had some great sandwiches that benefited the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The kids had their standard festival corn dog.

As we were looking for a place to sit to eat, we noticed the pig races were about to start. Yes, you read that right.
So we watched the pig races. We cheered on our assigned pig for each race. Our pig even won once.

Hampton Hogskin Holiday | #swark #festivals

And then we went home. On the way home we stopped by Home Depot, and also did a little Easter dress shopping for Ting.

We probably won't visit Hampton for their festival in the future, but... We Went, We Saw, We Experienced.

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Karen Weido

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Story of Jesus

Two years old. It can be such a trying age. But it also such an impressionable age. Bug's communication is growing each day and I know that he is absorbing everything we say and do.

Because he is taking it all in, I want Bug to hear the story of Jesus. I want to teach him who Jesus is and how wonderful his life can be if he lets Jesus be a part of it.

I'm so thankful to be a blogger for Tommy Nelson and to be able to introduce Bug (and Ting) to such fun books that teach them about our wonderful God.

The Story of Jesus is no exception. Once again Thomas Nelson delivers a fun story in the perfect Bug-sized book

The Story of Jesus | #tommymommy #kidbooks

The Story of Jesus walks little ones through Jesus' life from his birth, to his death and resurrection.  It tells the story in simple rhyming pattern that makes it easy for little ones like Bug to pay attention.

"The put His body in a tomb and sealed it with a stone. On the third day, He rose again, and death was overthrown!"

The illustrations are perfect for grabbing the attention of toddlers, and the board book style ensures that this book is going to last many years.  And of course, the attached handle makes it easy for Bug to carry his book all over the place - which he does!

The Story of Jesus | #tommymommy #kidbooks

Of course you can purchase The Story of Jesus from the Thomas Nelson site, or your local Christian book store (just ask them to order it if they don't have it). And don't forget to follow Tommy Nelson on Twitter and Facebook to learn about all their great products.

Looking to try to score some Tommy Nelson products for yourself or your loved one?  Be sure to follow the Tommy Mommy's pinterest board. This amazing group of moms have giveaways going all the time.

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Karen Weido

Friday, April 11, 2014

Let's Ride

Way back in the day the Southern Arkansas University football team had to travel by train to get to their away games. The nearest train station was about five miles away, so the team rode mules back and forth to the station. They became known as the Muleriders.

Southern Arkansas University Muleriders | Little Mulerider Class

Hubby and I are proud to be SAU Mulerider grads. Ting also loves SAU. When she was younger I took her with me to my sorority meetings on campus (I was the advisor) and she thought she was going to college. These days we love going to football games. Each year we try to make all the Mulerider games, and we are looking forward to the rodeo in the fall.

One of Ting's favorite things about football games is going to see the Mulerider. The official mascot is the Mulerider - meaning the person that rides the mule, but the mule itself has become a staple of the SAU community and she is treated like royalty.  Her name is Molly.

Little Mulerider Class | #muleriders

I heard about a Little Mulerider class and knew Ting would love it. It was over a two week period and the kids got to hang out with Molly, learn about her, and even get to ride her.

Little Mulerider Class | #muleriders

The past two weeks Ting has been able to learn about Molly, spend time brushing her, and has ridden her all over the rodeo arena.

She even got to meet the newest Mulerider, and is looking forward to going to see her this fall during the football games.

Little Mulerider Class | #muleriders

I got to get up close with Molly as well.  While the kids were talking to some of the rodeo girls, I was standing and not paying attention to what was going on. I suddenly felt something on my shoulder. Molly had walked up behind me and put her head on me. I think she wanted a selfie!

Little Mulerider Class | #muleriders

I think Ting enjoyed her Little Mulerider class. A huge thanks to SAU for doing this for the kids.

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Karen Weido