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Organizing Odd Socks
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Organizing Odd Socks

Odd socks. We all have them. I usually have several, with 6 people, laundry is never ending. For a couple of years now, I have been organizing my odd socks with plastic clothes pins. Every house I have lived in has had one of these wire shelves above the washer and dryer. As I fold […]

Turning Broken Crayons into New Shapes
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Turning Broken Crayons into New Shapes

No one wants to use the broken crayon. It just sits at the bottom of the container, all lonely. You hate to throw them out, because it is a waste…even though it is broken, it is still usable. We have several crayon containers in this house. So I broke them out, and sorted through to find all […]

Cooking on WIC: Peanut Butter Kix Crunch
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Cooking on WIC: Peanut Butter Kix Crunch

Ingredients: 1c Peanut Butter 1/2c Dry Milk 4 tbs melted butter 6c Kix Cereal *optional, 1c raisins 1. Mix Butter, dry milk, and peanut butter together in a bowl. 2. Spray a 13×9 pan 3. mix Peanut Butter mixture, and Cereal together (add raisins if using them) 4. Spread evenly in pan 5. Bake for […]

What to do with the End Piece of Bread OCTOBER 4, 2011 BY TIFFANI1 COMMENT The end piece. Most throw them out. In the Taff house, we eat them. The kids may not know, but they eat them all the time. Here is my little trick so no one can tell. 4 pieces of bread left in the bag. One being the end piece. What’s a mom to do? Turn it upside down! Now, both sides of the outside of the sandwich look the same. The kids will never know it is an end piece. Voila! FILED UNDER: PARENTING TAGGED WITH: COOKING, KIDS, SNACKS Kids say the darndest things! SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 BY TIFFANILEAVE A COMMENT Deston, 6 years old. If only I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, ” Your kids could be on that show…” Every time I have watch an episode of that famous t.v. show with Art Linkletter, or the newer version with Bill Cosby, I laughed myself to tears….this often happens in my house as well. My kids really do say the darndest things. If the Taff’s had their own reality show, it would make you laugh out loud too. Sometimes what they say is funny, but also embarrassing. Not that we have any secrets, but come on…my kids will tell you their entire life story as soon as you meet them. Most of you know that we are a military family, and live in base housing. The first week at our new location, we went to the pool. An extremely nice lady came up and started small talk with the children. Right there is where I should have warned her. My kids know no small talk. It is ALL big talk with them, and once you start, you may as well have a seat, because they will talk your ears off… have no clue where they get his from *blush* Through the conversation, I could tell that her husband was in the air force, and of a high rank. Remember this….we will get back to it. Deston, 3 years old. She also made the mistake of asking my 6 year old son what he wants to be when he grows up…I will forgive her again, because he was in his bathing suit…so how was she suppose to know that he wears his Marine Corp flight suit on a daily basis? And, if I am washing it, then he wears his camis. (also known as fatigues) She could have never guessed that for the past 2 years he has had a Marine Corp birthday, and begging for one again next month… or that his room is decorated in Marine Corp quilts, sheets, and decor. She also could have never guessed that he can name a Huey Helicopter or a Cobra from seeing them up in the air. Nevertheless, she asked. So, this opened up a BIG conversation. To the point that he gets very detailed about being a Marine when he grows up, and how much he idolizes the USMC, and ends it all in a big “OOH RAH.” Then she turns to Mr. Briggs, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” ” I want to be in the Air Force!” As soon as these words come out of his mouth, Deston steps in front of him, cups one hand over the side of his mouth, and in an exaggerated whisper says, ” He’s just little…he doesn’t know…..” Yep, what do you do? Laugh? Apologize? Pretend you didn’t hear it? Remember -this is a wife of a high ranking AIR FORCE husband…. Well, needless to say, I just laughed. She and I both were able to find the humor in it all. As parents, we must remember that kids will be kids. They will say and do funny things. Their ears hear everything, and you never know what they will say and repeat. Sometimes, laughter is the best remedy. And maybe a nonchalant talk about it later. What do you do, when your kids say the darndest things? * I disclose: My family and I appreciate all branches of the military* FILED UNDER: PARENTING TAGGED WITH: FUNNY STUFF KIDS DO, KIDS, REAL LIFE Talking with your Children about 9/11 SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 BY TIFFANILEAVE A COMMENT Recently, we took our kids to New York to see the Statue of Liberty. It was a perfect opportunity for me to explain to my kids the events of this day. It was a learning experience – even for me. To stand looking out at the New York skyline; a very surreal moment. I try to take every opportunity I get to talk with my children about real life. But this is one topic where the words are hard. 9/11. A day that changed our history. We all know what we were doing during that moment when the first building collapsed, but our children do not. Most of our children were too young to remember, or not born yet. This year marks 10 years since 9/11/2001. It is in the media, papers, and schools are talking about it. How are you discussing it with your kids? Be Brief. There is no need in going into too many details. Too much information may lead to more questions from your child. Getting into too many details may frighten your child. Monitor the Media. Many of the shows and documentations of 9/11, while true, show emotional -wrenching details of the day. These may be too graphic for your child. Be Truthful. Give them the facts. Explain to children about different cultures, how one person may believe in different views and what an extremist is. We want them to understand. We want to be honest. The facts are that we were attacked on that day. Reassure them that our country has changed, and is working to prevent this from happening again. Teach them to love. We need to teach our children to love, and not hate. Remember. Remember the thousands of people who lost their lives. Remember their families. Remember that our country is strong, and we prevail. Remember that was one of the first days that everyone in this great nation pulled together, and showed great signs of patriotism. Nick News has a great school aged appropriate film, “What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001″ if you are looking for something for you and your child to watch together. How do you, or how have you talked with your child about this day? FILED UNDER: PARENTING TAGGED WITH: REAL LIFE, TEACHING, TRIPS, VACATION First Day of School Tradition SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 BY TIFFANILEAVE A COMMENT The First day of school. A very momentous occasion for us all. Next to Christmas, it just may be the most photographed day yet. How do you make your photos special? How do you make your photos stand out? This year I have started a new tradition. Signs. Simple, and easy, but so cute! I have seen these popping up all over the internet, and then a blogging friend of mine posted her kiddos first day of school pics holding a sign, and so I decided it was a must to start with mine. Luckily mine are still young enough that I can still capture most grades ahead of us. I was going to make my own pdf file, but after a very quick search, found some very simple yet cute signs that I decided to use. Plucky Momo has a free downloadable set you can print now, and file for future years so you always have them on hand. This year was a big year for us. Deston is going into First grade and Madison and Mr. Briggs are both entering Pre-K. I have gone from having 1 in school, and 3 at home; to 3 in school and 1 at home. What will I do with myself? It was sad to see them going in, but they were troopers and walked right in and started to play. I really thought Mr. Briggs would be a crier. However, he proved me wrong. Do you have any First Day of School traditions? FILED UNDER: PARENTING TAGGED WITH: PICTURES, SCHOOL, TRADITIONS Preparing for a Hurricane with Children AUGUST 26, 2011 BY TIFFANI4 COMMENTS Photo Source This weekend Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the shore that I live pretty close to. I am originally from Georgia, where we get the aftermath of hurricanes, usually after it has went through a state or two. So, I am not quite sure what to expect. So far, the base I live on is not evacuating, so here is how I am getting ready- better safe than sorry. Talk with your children about natural disasters. I do not hide anything from my children. In the end, they will be less scared if you have discussed it ahead of time. I have even showed my kids photos and videos on the internet. Nothing too frightening, but they are going to hear and see it out the windows, so better to be prepared and have an understanding of what is happening. Have a safe place for the family. We know to head to the hallway and away from the windows or any furniture. Have a central location for needed items. You never know when the power will go out. I am washing all of our laundry ahead of time. I am getting out 3 outfits for everyone in case we need to evacuate fast, or if the power is out I will not be searching all over the house to gather clothes in the dark. I am also keeping some blankets, towels an other items in this central location. Make sure you have entertainment. Hoping for the best and that we will have power, I rented a few movies at the Redbox. I also have some books, cards, and a few board games out that we can play. A trip to the Dollar Tree to gather a new toy for the kids may help keep them entertained and keep them calm in case they get upset. Stock up on needed items. Most of you know that I have a stockpile from my coupons. This really comes in handy in these times. Make sure you have items that you must need on a daily basis, and foods that are non perishable. Here is my list: Paper Plates, napkins, and silverware (no water = you can not wash) Toilet Paper Diapers & wipes ( if you have a small untrained child) Formula ( if you need it) Bottled water Bread Milk Sandwich meat Cold serve cereal Fruit Flashlight ( one for everyone in the family) Batteries Candles Lighter Radio Ice Toiletries, feminine item charcoal for grill We have a deep freezer, so I am transferring all the food in my regular freezer into the deep freezer. I will pack it with several bags of ice, and not open it until power has been restored. * Take note of what time the power goes off so you will know if perishable foods are good* We also have 2 coolers. If the power goes off, I will put some fruit, lunch meat, and milk in these. Hopefully the ice will keep it good until power is restored. Remember to secure any items outside. I will be pulling our basketball goal and patio table in our garage later today! Make sure you have a full tank of gas. No power means no gas pumps. If there was a need to emergency evacuation, you would need gas for travel. Most importantly, stick together as a family and pray. FILED UNDER: HOMEMAKING, PARENTING, UNCATEGORIZED TAGGED WITH: REAL LIFE, TEACHING Rewarding Positive Behavior: Marble Jar
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Rewarding Positive Behavior: Marble Jar

I am a firm believer in rewarding good behavior. Children quickly learn they love the feeling of being rewarded for something good. Many children act out as a way of attention anyhow, so why not receive good attention? In our house, we use the marble jar for good behavior. I have 2 jars; from the […]