Ting's Mom

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

It's Monday, y'all. Yea I heard that groan, but how about a recap of our busy weekend.

Friday night I FINALLY watched Moms' Night Out. I have heard such amazing things about this movie and have been wanting to watch it for a while. It did not disappoint.

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I literally laughed so hard my chest hurt, and I had tears streaming down my face. And then I cried big I'm-a-mom-and-I-can-relate tears. And then it was back to uncontrollable laughter tears. Moms - you need to see this movie.

Saturday the hubby worked at the deer camp so the kids and I were on our own. We started the day being lazy and watched Annie on Netflix. Two things about Annie: I didn't remember it being so long, and I didn't remember it having such bad language.

After our movie we headed to Subway for lunch and then to the store for our weekly grocery run. Our Subway is inside our Walmart. I told the kids we were going to Subway, then Bug got so mad when we pulled into the Walmart parking lot. He said "You said we gonna eat lunch first."

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By the time we finished our shopping it was past nap time, but I know better than to let Bug skip his nap so he took a late one.

After nap time we went to the city park. There were quite a few other kids at the park. Ting, who is usually timid and shy, made new friends and played hard. Bug, who is usually outgoing, sat on the bench with me for a while. He said "too many people, mom."

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Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

He did eventually go play, but he played alone.

Sunday we made cookies! They were supposed to be candy corn cookies, but the dough was really sticky and I didn't want that big of a mess so we made regular cookies.

I did let the kids put icing on, which still made a huge mess.

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

Also, Ting has her first loose tooth (and likely has lost it by the time you are reading this). We are all on tooth watch. Can't believe we are already experiencing this. Where has the time gone?

How was your weekend?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Random Saturdays

It has been the longest week. I don't know what is going on, but it seemed like the weekend was never coming.

Ebola. Really?

I have the worst skin on my face so I am always on the search for the best products to use. I found SebaMed face wash at Walmart earlier in the week. So far I think I like it. I'll bring a full report later.

I got a new battery in my van this week. Then I discovered I needed some secret code to turn my radio back on. After a couple minutes (and millions of questions) with the Honda folks, I had my radio back.

I can't seem to find Ting a Halloween costume. First she wanted to be Elsa, but I'm not paying $50 for a costume. Then she wanted to be a pumpkin, but I can't find one of those. Then she decided on a cat, but I can't seem to find a cat costume that isn't sexy. I'm thinking I might have to just make one.

Got my flu shot this week. Have you had one yet??

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cooking With My Kids: Foodie Friday

Remember back when I was doing the "Ting's in the Kitchen" series? It was monthly posts highlighting my cooking sessions with Ting. It kind of fell off because... well, life happens.

But I've decided to bring it back! Only it won't be "Ting's in the Kitchen" anymore because Bug has decided he enjoys being in the kitchen with us as well.

I'm kicking off my new series "Cooking With My Kids" today over on Arkansas Women Bloggers. Head on over there and check out our Easy Apple Cake we made.

And then be sure to come back here each month to see what all we are creating in the kitchen.

Happy Friday!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tommy Nelson: Brave Girls

I'm a Tommy Mommy Blogger with Tommy Nelson. That means they send me cool stuff, and I tell you all about it. No other compensation is received - unless you count the excitement on my kids' faces every time a new package arrives :)

Noah. Moses. David. Paul. Job.

We all know about the men in the Bible. We've heard their stories since the day our parents dropped us off for the first time at the church nursery. We've heard preachers teach their stories from the pulpits. And we've even noticed Hollywood's attempt to make movies about them.

But what about the women? What about Biblical heroes that our girls can aspire to be like? We know about Mary and Eve, but it turns out there are actually tons of brave women embedded into story after story all throughout the Bible.

I can't tell you how excited I was when Tommy Nelson introduced the Brave Girls - five girls who are teaching our girls all about the brave women of the Bible.

Tommy Nelson Brave Girls | #tommymommy #sponsored #tnbravegirls

The day our book arrived Ting wanted to start reading. We read through each girl's profile, and Ting immediately decided she likes Glory the best. (I'm a fan of Hope, myself) Each story highlights a woman in the Bible. We are still in the Old Testament stories and I have to admit that I've never heard of many of the women we've learned about so far.

The stories are told in conversational language that seems as if these girls are actually just telling the story to a friend. Ting hangs on to every word and even talks about the story after we have finished. I love that not only is Ting getting an extra glimpse into the Bible, but she is learning that there are so many women in the Bible that she can be like. Women who she can aspire to be like, and women that she can pick as role models in her daily life.

Tommy Nelson Brave Girls | #tommymommy #sponsored #tnbravegirls

Tommy Nelson has other Brave Girls books and products scheduled to launch in the coming year. I invite you to read this letter from the Tommy Nelson Team, and then share this video with your daughters. I know that if you get the Brave Girls into your daughter's hands, they will become instant favorites. (You can preview the book here)

Check out the Brave Girls, and other Tommy Nelson news, on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Bathroom Makeover

When Hubby and I purchased our house right before we got married we had two things in mind: we wanted to make improvements to every room in the house, and we didn't want to live there forever.

Well, nine and half years later we are still here and we have improved every room except one - the bathroom. Let's face it, it's kind of hard to completely remodel a bathroom when you only have one bathroom to begin with. But we finally took the plunge and decided to get it done.

For three weeks we tracked back and forth across our backyard to use the bathroom in our camper, and every night took the kids to my parents for baths. It was inconvenient, but it was well worth it. We had the entire bathroom completely gutted, took in an extra closet that just happened to be in the exact location we needed, and then got new everything.

For those in the area, I highly recommend Complete Home Care if you need any work done. Matt is just getting started with his business, but he is good at what he does.

Here are a few comparisons from the same angles.

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

And here are a few more just because..

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Winner & Announcement

Congrats to Holly M. on winning the NEEDTOBREATHE CD giveaway sponsored by Family Christian.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed we received a pretty big shipment today. If that picture got you a little excited, you might want to mark your calendar to come back over here on October 23 :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had one of those weekends full of activities for everyone. It was a great weekend, but I was happy to put my sleepy head on the pillow on Sunday night.

Our "weekend" started with an unexpected visitor at work. Bug developed a skin infection that grew worse during the week, and our doctor thought it would be a good idea to keep him out of school on Friday. Thankfully I have an understanding boss, a laptop, and a collection of DVD's. He was the perfect angel at work and just sat in the floor watching his movies.

Weekend Recap | #justlikefamily #tingsmom

We only worked until lunch and then went home for a very long nap (I might have gotten in on that nap as well, haha!)

Friday night Hubby and I had an engagement party to attend, so we dropped the kids off with my grandparents and made a date night out of it complete with a kid free dinner.

Saturday morning Hubby and Ting got up and headed to the deer camp for a day of "work". I think their work consisted of riding around and hanging out. But Ting came home dirty, exhausted, and full of stories from her day.

Weekend Recap | #justlikefamily #tingsmom

Meanwhile, Bug and I loaded up and headed to Hope for the Southwest Arkansas Blogger meet-up. Turns out several of us had our kids with us on Saturday and I think the kids had just as much fun as the bloggers did.

Bug made friends with Mr. O from The Bauer Bunch. All the way home he told me about playing with his new friend. He even asked about him Monday morning when we were headed to school.

Weekend Recap | #justlikefamily #tingsmom

Sunday consisted of our normal church and lunch routine. Then we headed to The Home Depot for some final touches for our bathroom remodel. It seems like trips to The Home Depot always end up lasting forever, but the kids were good and we got everything we needed.

Weekend Recap | #justlikefamily #tingsmom

We put two very exhausted kids (and two adults of the same exhaustion level) to bed on Sunday night with memories of a fun weekend.

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