Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Blog Challenge

Blog Hop Challenge!


Going Green with the Grizls



Challenge: Is to write one post every day from June 1 to August 31.

To read more about it, click on the button above. To check out other blogs in the challenge, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on a name!

Feel free to check out my other Summer Blog Challenge posts :D

June 1: Why are you doing this challenge.
June 2: Post a picture of you smiling.
June 3: 15 interesting things about yourself.
June 4: Meaning behind your blog name.
June 5: Short term goals for this month and why those goals.
June 6: Nicknames you have & why you have them.
June 7: Picture of something that makes you happy.

June 8: Not including blogging ;) your favorite guilty pleasure.
June 9: Your worst cooking disaster.
June 10: Cost aside, famous art piece you would have in your home.
June 11: Best day of your life.
June 12: Worst injury you've had & how it happened.
June 13: How you see yourself by the end of the year.
June 14: Give your followers 15 tips to get through life.

June 15: Post a photo you took that you're proud of.
June 16: Fitness guru or couch potato? Talk about your fitness habits.
June 17: 3 things you are proud of about your personality.
June 18: A recipe you love.
June 19: Something you're proud of from the last few days.
June 20: Photo of you as a young child.
June 21: Most recent words of wisdom you heard that stuck with you.

June 22: When I was a kid, what did I want to be when I grew up?
June 23: Favorite Blog Post you've written before this challenge.
June 24: Favorite eco-friendly thing to do.
June 25: Ideal day of "me time".
June 26: What does your significant other do that makes your heart melt?
June 27: What's the best gift you've ever received?
June 28: How do you do your laundry?? Give your laundry tricks.

June 29: Write a "How To" post.
June 30: Post a photo of an outfit that either is your style or you wish was your style.
July 1: Talk about something eco friendly that you already do.
July 2: Share a poem you've written or just one you like.
July 3: Travel & plans you have for the summer.
July 4: To celebrate Independence Day, you are "free" to post whatever you want.
July 5: Talk about a fear you have.

July 6: What is a holiday tradition you have in your family?
July 7: Something you would attempt if you knew you couldn't fail.
July 8: Song lyrics that you find some meaning in.
July 9: What are some of your biggest pet peeves?
July 10: What is the hardest challenge you have been faced with?
July 11: Share 5 or 10 of your favorite blogs or websites.
July 12: Talk about a favorite vacation you have taken.

July 13: Then & now photos of you.
July 14: One piece of advice you want to give to your child.
July 15: Got any good makeup tips/routines?
July 16: Favorite room in your house.
July 17: A random act of kindness.
July 18: 5 things to do if the power goes out.
July 19: If you were president or prime minister for a day, what's one law you would change?

July 20: What would you do with the $ if you won the lottery?
July 21: Talk about a free activity to do with children.
July 22: What's your best gardening tip?
July 23: How do you beat the summer heat?
July 24: What's a band that you've been listening to and liking lately?
July 25: Give us 3 easy healthy meals or snacks for young kids & toddlers.
July 26: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

July 27: Write up something about an alternative energy source.
July 28: When was the last time you "roughed it"?
July 29: How does your life measure up to the vision you had when you were younger?
July 30: Are you an artist? Show some artwork or doodling you've done. Don't do art, share something you like then.
July 31: Post a black and white photo you've taken.
August 1: Share an idea for a handmade gift to give to someone else.
August 2: What's one feature you would have to have in your dream home?

August 3: What helps you get through meltdowns?
August 4: What is your favorite article of clothing?
August 5: What's your dream job?
August 6: Do you have a favorite author?
August 7: What's a skill you wish you had?
August 8: Create a bucket list with a minimum of 10 things.
August 9: Name a movie you like. What about it appeals to you?

August 10: Share a pet that you have or had in the past.
August 11: Post a typical "day in the life" post.
August 12: What's an eco-friendly organization that you could get behind and support?
August 13: What type of schooling do you currently or plan to do with your children?
August 14: Give a good piece of advice to first time parents.
August 15: The hardest part of parenting is...
August 16: 10 things you love about your significant other [or kids or pets].

August 17: How did your child [or pet] get their name?
August 18: How did you meet your significant other? [Can sub for best friend]
August 19: Share a favorite free font you've found.
August 20: Give a tip for new bloggers.
August 21: Favorite rainy day activity.
August 22: What's a show from your childhood that you'd love to bring back?
August 23: Who is your favorite villain?

August 24: If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?
August 25: Talk about three other writers who inspire you.
August 26: Interview a fellow blogger.
August 27: How did you get your name?
August 28: Link to a blog or news article you recently read and share your take on the topic.
August 29: Write about a ridiculous law.
August 30: Write about the strangest food you've eaten.
August 31: How do you feel that you did with this challenge?


Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Unofficial first day of summer yeahy!

Did you know Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day? People think it's a wonderful time to spend a day partying and bbqs. Today we remember all the men and women who have died in our nation's service. I am thankful for the brave men and women who protected our nation. I taught Max about the meaning of Memorial Day and he said, "They are like fighting angels now Mommy." Too sweet. Max also got to enjoy a hot day outside with his new pirate water boat toy. He ran around just in his Angry Birds underwear and hazelwood amber necklace. He had fun splashing water and filling up the solo cups. Yeahy SUMMERS HERE!




Cher

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slurp Free Day

"Mommy it's like crack in sugar formation!" -Max

Slurp Free Day today! It starts at 11am and ends at 7pm. I took advantage of the wonderful weather and walked with my boys and enjoyed a free 7.11 oz cup slurpee at 7-11. I got their new low sugar or sugar free mango pretty darn good. Max had a cherry flavor. We called Rad while he was at work and said how yummy and sweet a free slurpee tastes lol. We're a mean family teasing each other like that. Ah free slurpee!

["I want this!" -Max]




Cher

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Baking

"I'm going to make snowmen cookies!" -Max

I am a very hands on type of mom. I enjoy creating things with my child. Teaching Max to bake was fun! He loves to pretend cook and bake and once I asked him if he wanted to bake Snicker Doodle cookies with me he dropped everything and ran into the kitchen. While I was still in the bedroom. That EXCITED! After putting all the ingredients together we rolled the dough into balls. That's when he decided to stack the crooked balls of dough on top of each other. [see pic] It was nice sharing a moment with Max and teaching him how to bake. Keeping things simple and sweet with my Max. I can't wait to do more with him and with Dean once he gets older!




Cher

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Somerville Food Sampler

Dear God I'm in HEAVEN! -Me

You know summer is starting when every weekend or so you're scheduled to go to a "food sampler/fest." I love going to all these food related events. Supporting their local restuarants and businesses are great. It was a very HOT day but starting it off with ice cream was real COOL! :D I see Max enjoying himself seeing new products and trying new and tasty foods. I encourage my child to try everything once. There were live bands there, face painting, and FOOD! We had fun...thank you Somerville!
[Max and the hottest Moo Cow in town] 

[Max and Cluck U Chicken]




Cher

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rahway Car Show

"Mommy can I drive the cars?...PLEASE!!!!!" -Max

Today we met up a friend in Rahway. We went to see the Rahway Car Show. It was a beautiful day and Max got to see more awesome cars. Rad said you see one car show in the area and you see them all. Who cares we got to go out and Max got to see and touch cars other than his hot wheels. It went rather well...Dean was asleep the whole time nothing new. Max wanted to be carried so I put him in the Boba. The day went well. Summer days are coming and we can't wait!

[love The Muppets!]




Cher

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Breastfeeding and Beyond

Breast is best people even if your a yr, 4 yrs, or 50.


First of all the damn wording is totally wrong. "Are you mom enough?" What the hell is that suppose to mean? I'd like to address some mothers can no longer breastfeed for whatever reason and thats respectable. If we breastfeed or bottle feed our young we do our best. So we are mother ENOUGH regardless we breastfeed to a yr or just 6 months or not at all. For we will do anything for our children. So with that said...Today a cover from TIME MAGAZINE rose with a Mother still breastfeeding her 4 year old child. So? There's nothing wrong in that. There's cultures out there who do not that the luxury of options of formula like we have. America is squeamish about this cover only because of the reason that we do not explore this wonderful option to continue giving nutrition to our older child in fear of being ostracized. Just shut the hell up! God made tits for a reason and it isn't to look at and drool...if youre a baby thats cool lol.




Here's my story...I am a breastfeeding mother of two. a 3.5 yr old and a 4 month old. In my opinion (if mother can) breastfeed as long as possible and or let the chid/baby wean off naturally. Sometimes it does take that long most of the time it doesnt. Who are we to judge and say things like "if the kid can remember/walk/talk/has teeth it should stop." or "its gross. its incestual. When is she gonna cut the umbilical cord?!" Its all about nutrition. My 3.5 yr old sees me breastfeed his younger brother and still remembers and is interested in it. Though he no longer feeds from me if he sees my pumped milk he'd go for it. We are the only "mammals" that do not drink our own milk for nutrition for a long duration wether mothers just lose their milk or in fear of what others may think of them. Breast milk does not expire, its benefits does not stop at 6 months or a yr. the benefits are endless: smarter children, lower risk of onset diabetes, lower risk of asthma and eczema, lower risk of obesity later in life, lower risk of contracting ear infect, cold, flu. So why not protect your children for as long as possible?  In the beginning of time there were no bottle all were breastfed wether it went as long as 4 yrs old or just a yr. its all about nutrition. Nothing about it is sexual! Breast is best people even if your a yr, 4 yrs, or 50.












Cher

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dean's Baptism

"Today my Grandson is a Roman Catholic!" -My Mother lol

Today was a busy long day! It is my second son's Baptism. We are Roman Catholic and within less than 6 months we baptize our children. Baptism is one of the sacraments a Roman Catholic goes through. A tradition but also it's meaning is deeper than that. St. Theresa of The Child Jesus in Linden where we got married welcomed our Dean as a new member of the Catholic Church. :D We invite our family and Dean's Godparents! We are truly blessed to have all of them come to witness this important event in our son's life. We thank all our family members from the bottom of our hearts! Afterwards, we went to Hibachi Grille & Supreme Buffet in South Plainfield for dinner. Where I found out Maxwell loves frog legs as much as I do. Dean got passed around given presents, hugs, and kisses! We all had a wonderful time! Again thank you for all who went!

Our Family

Dean getting Baptized!

With the Godparents Michael and Kasha.

Other Godmama Sherryanne and lovely Lori.



Cher