Monday, September 9, 2013

Halloween Costume Ideas

My nephew is my inspiration on this one. His mama is trying to come up with cute Halloween Costume for him. So here is a list of things I have compiled for babies and children. Hope you all like them and it gives you ideas.





Saturday, August 24, 2013

The One She Left Behind.

As many of you know I had a stray cat have babies in my laundry room last night. Mama cat and her four babies where behind my washer and water softener. They were not on any blanket at or anything soft.

After much thought I got a fish oil gel capsule smeared it on turkey to get her away long enough to place a soft blanket down. Good thinking, right? Not so much. She took one of the orange ones and took off. Apparently she thought I was trying to harm them or her. Hubby and I followed her as she ran across the front yard into my neighbors yard behind a bush. Thinking we had her I moved closer to try and get her to come back. Wrong again. She ran with the little kitty into my neighbor -Tory- backyard.

So hubby jumps the fence as I knock on their door, no answer, go across the col-de-sac to his mom house ring the bell, no answer, call him on the phone, no answer. Hubby comes back home empty handed and informed he lost her in the weeds.

After some time and me on the boughboy pool ladder with hubbys stream flashlight looking into Troy's back yard, hubby comes running into our back yard yelling "she came back, she came back." Out front we venture again and she takes off again without a baby this time. I try to follow her but not so close as I don't want her to be scared and I want her to come and bring the baby back. Now it was my turn to try and get into Tory's backyard.

Major fail. I have absolutely NO upper arm strength. I stood there peeking over the fence for a good fifteen minutes. When I turned around his other neighbor -James- was standing there with his English Mastiff. At first I had no clue is was James. Startled I start gibbering on about "My cat's stray girlfriend had babies, she took off with one. I tried calling Troy, tried going to his mothers house." Finally he stops my late night Psychobabble and says to me he's going to lock up his dog and let me in his backyard.

Thinking hubby was still out front and had an eye on me, I went through his house into his backyard to try and find mama cat. No such luck James even offered and got a ladder for me to stand on, after trying to jump on the fence. Tired I finally said "Well thank you for letting me come back here and look." and started back home. Hubby had no clue I was over there and a little miffed off that I went into a strangers house without his knowledge. Understandably.

This morning when I woke up all the kittens were gone. Or so I thought!

As I picked up the blanket I had place down for the little babies this one fell out. I am hopeful that mama didn't mean to leave it behind and comes back. Until then I will play its surrogate mother.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Different Phases of Boys.

Recently It has been brought to my attention the different faces boys have throughout their life. Yes my oldest is only Eight years old but have noticed many different things in him.

Phase 1:
The baby

Of course all babies need/want their moms. As a first time mom we love this, no matter how insane it drives us. From early morning feeding, to late night feedings. From "haha you think I'm sleeping to Oh My God who is this person and where is my mom?" Then they finally get some sort of an  independence, in a way, which brings us to...

Phase 2:
The Independent crawler/walker

We all are so excited when our little gals and guys start crawling and walking. But that triumph is short lived the moment your little one walks away from you "that  two minutes you were gone fixing lunch" and he/she floods the bathroom by stuffing toilet paper in the sink, (or was that just me that happened too)  and you wonder why on Gods green earth you decided that your child needed to know how to walk so much earlier then all your friends kids did. As if your some kind of super mom so long as you can keep your minor flooding to a hush-hush for anyone else.

Phase 3:
The toddler

Once the toddler stage hits they get a little more independent. "Mommy I can do it!" As you sit there and impatiently wait for them to wipe their butt or tie a shoe and you hold everything back in you to not go do it yourself because you need to get to the market or you need to go check the laundry but yet you still sit back in awe as you see this tiny person you made finds a way to do things and figures out life a little more.

Phase 4:
The "Little person" (As I like to call it)

My oldest is eight years old and here I have found a few different things. Again allowing kisses, but NEVER in front of people and really your not suppose to know this. So lets keep that one on the hush-hush. He also has entered into the dare devil stage. Asking me one day if he could ride his bike down the slide into the pool. His father did some really stupid things as a kid which makes me worry a little more than I probably would. Jumping off the top of his bunk bed into piles of pillows on his bedroom floor, nearly giving me a heart attack. Catching bugs, killing spiders for me.

As I watch, or any mom watches their kids grow, I am both excited and fearful of the stages and years to come. With the ups and the downs all with love.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

The "Mom I'm bored" Jar

As moms we always hear that one phrase that we all dread "Mooooom I'm Bored."

Every time I  hear my kids say this I use it as my opportunity to use them as my own personal slaves to get them to extra school work or chores. It never gets done without them whining, and pitching a fit. So I happily skipped off to my lap top to try and find something that would help me end this vicious annoying cycle. Pintrest away, because lets face it that place is just like a parenting manual! :)

I found The Mom I'm Bored Jar.
(Here is the one I found

Here is mine. I'm not crafty at all But here you go:

Here is also a list of things you can put on your Papers.

ride bikes
  • roller blade
  • basketball
  • play board games
  • make a tent out of blankets
  • squirt with hoses
  • run through the sprinkler
  • jump rope
  • read books
  • blow bubbles
  • make homemade play dough
  • play with play dough
  • press flowers
  • do crafts with pressed flowers
  • write a letter to a relative, friend or pen pal
  • clean bedroom
  • vacuum living room
  • clean bathroom
  • make a craft
  • draw
  • color
  • paint
  • pull weeds
  • watch a movie
  • write stories
  • use binoculars
  • use magnifying glass
  • use microscope
  • bird watching
  • write a play
  • act out a play
  • invent circus acts
  • perform a circus
  • play card games
  • make art on the front walkway with sidewalk chalk
  • play catch
  • play baseball
  • collect rocks
  • collect leaves
  • collect feathers
  • play Frisbee
  • make Frisbee’s out of old plastic lids, decorate with markers
  • dust the house
  • brush the pet
  • write letters
  • read a magazine
  • play dress-up
  • play Cowboys
  • pick vegetables
  • play outside with the pet
  • build a fort in your rooms
  • build a fort in the backyard
  • do a jigsaw puzzle
  • play on the Geosafari
  • play on the computer
  • listen to a story or book on tape
  • do extra schoolwork to get ahead
  • do brain teasers (ie: crosswords, word searches, hidden pictures, mazes, etc.)
  • cook
  • prepare lunch
  • surprise a neighbor with a good deed
  • play store
  • prepare a “restaurant” lunch with menus
  • hold a tea party
  • have a Teddy bear picnic
  • play with toy cars
  • play dolls
  • play house
  • chase butterflies
  • collect caterpillars and bugs
  • plant a garden or a pot
  • collect seeds
  • hunt for four-leaf clovers
  • learn magic tricks
  • put on a magic show
  • plant a container garden
  • sprout seeds or beans
  • make sock puppets
  • put on a puppet show
  • make Christmas presents
  • make homemade wrapping paper
  • make homemade gift cards
  • make picture frames from twigs glued onto sturdy cardboard
  • crochet or knit
  • make doll clothes
  • sew buttons in designs on old shirts
  • run relay races
  • make bookmarks
  • take a quiet rest time
  • take a shower or bath
  • bathe a pet
  • feed the birds or squirrels
  • watch the clouds
  • organize a dresser drawer
  • clean under the bed
  • empty dishwasher
  • vacuum under the couch cushions and keep any change found
  • write these ideas on pieces of paper and pick out one or two to do
  • whittle
  • whittle bars of soap
  • practice musical instruments
  • perform a family concert
  • teach yourself to play musical instrument (recorder, harmonica, guitar)
  • fold laundry
  • sweep kitchen or bathroom floors
  • sweep front walkway
  • sweep or spray back patio
  • sweep or spray driveway
  • wash car
  • vacuum car
  • vacuum or dust window blinds
  • clean bathroom mirrors
  • clean sliding glass doors
  • clean inside of car windows
  • wash bicycles
  • clean garage
  • play in the sandbox
  • build a sandcastle
  • work with clay
  • copy your favorite book illustration
  • design your own game
  • build with blocks or Legos
  • create a design box (copper wire, string, odds-and-ends of things destined for the garbage, pom-poms, thread, yarn, etc.)
  • plan a neighborhood or family Olympics
  • have a marble tournament
  • paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper and hang it in a sunny window and see what happens in a few days
  • finger paint with pudding
  • make dessert
  • make dinner
  • give your pet a party
  • paint the sidewalk with water
  • start a journal of summer fun
  • start a nature diary
  • have a read-a-thon with a friend or sibling
  • have a neighborhood bike wash
  • play flashlight tag
  • play Kick the Can
  • check out a science book and try some experiments
  • make up a story
  • arrange photo albums
  • find bugs and start a collection
  • do some stargazing
  • decorate bikes or wagons and have a neighborhood parade
  • catch butterflies and then let them go
  • play hide-and-seek
  • create a symphony with bottles and pans and rubber bands
  • listen to the birds sing
  • try to imitate bird calls
  • read a story to a younger child
  • find shapes in the clouds
  • string dry noodles or O-shaped cereals into a necklace
  • glue noodles into a design on paper
  • play hopscotch
  • play jacks
  • make up a song
  • make a teepee out of blankets
  • write in your journal
  • find an ant colony and spill some food and watch what happens
  • play charades
  • make up a story by drawing pictures
  • draw a cartoon strip
  • Friday, May 31, 2013

    Get crafty and save space!

    Friday, May 31, 2013
    This started out as a space saving crafty thingy... For lack of better words. But it turned into a Re-use and space save. Not sure how that happened but here it is folks! Hope you enjoy it. None of the pictures are mine so I did put a credit to them.
    xoxo Angi McNutt
    Using a magnet strip to hold your knives frees up drawers and counter space.

    Using Cardboard Tubes you can store virtually anything. Use in the halls for shoes, hats, dog leashes. In the kitchen for wine bottles. In the bedroom for T-shirts. The options are limitless.
    Using little metal tins hot glue a magnet and use it to store your spices on the refrigerator.
    Using mason jars, picture frame hanger, and large pipe clamps.
    You can store what you see here in this pic or other things such as Tooth paste/tooth brushes. If you have multiple kids you could paint the mason jar and put their name on it
    Using and old mirror or picture frame and lace you can store jewelry easy and beautifully.
    If you are anything like me you would have tons of baby wipe containers. I LOVE baby wipes! My kids are 8 and 4yrs but I still buy them. Taking the empty container you car store lots of stuff! This picture here gives you an idea. I have, and do, use them for hot wheels, Polly pockets, grocery bag storage, legos. This is another The options are Limitless!
    For in the office you can use old lids from your laundry soap containers.
    Reuse a pringles container for pasta. I also have wrapped them with Christmas paper and used them for cookies.
    To store your scarves and/or belts using a hanger and shower hooks.

    I this is super neat! Hang old forks for messages. I think it wouls be really cool to go find some old china at a thrift store or yard sale.

    Another really neat idea! Who knew you could use an old ladder as a drying rack in the laundry room.

    Or you could turn that old ladder into a book shelf.

    Turn that shoe box into a ribbon holder.
    Use a wine bottle for soaps. You could re-paint them as they did here or if you really like the way the wine bottle looks you could keep their label.
    How awesome! I know I need more space in my cabinets. Using a Coke-a-cola, or Pepsi,
    soda box you can organize your soups.

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    Monday Mingle: Shoes!

     It's Monday Mingle!
    May 20, 2013
    This week's Theme: SHOES!

    What are your favorite types of shoes?
    Boots! I love all of them. Short boots, Tall boots, ankle boots, thigh high, cowboy boots. You name it I own them.

    What kind of shoes do you hate? (if that is possible)
    Clogs and Mules. I Cant stand them. I feel Like I should be an extra in the re-make of  'The Sound of Music' when I put them on.

    Do you have one pair of shoes that is your favorite?
    I would have to say My Ugg Bailey Bows and my Snap-on flip flops. I have tons of shoes but I'm always in one of those.

    How many pairs of shoes do you own?
    That's a very good question. I'd have to say somewhere between 30 to 45.

    If you could buy one pair of shoes right now at this very moment, what would they be?
    Women's Distressed Black/Brown Floral Pink Inlay Boots - A1953 From Country Outfitter.


    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Final Field Trip Of The Year.

    My son's final field trip of this school year was to The
    Aquarium and The Rainforest Cafe at Arizona Mills.

    My day started out a little crazy. They twins were not wanting to get dressed or let me get dressed for the day. My morning  home was full of "Mommy get me juice. Mommy I need chocolate milk. Mommy I don't like to ware this dress. Mommy why I can't I ware a sweater?" All I wanted to do was dress in peace and get on my way.
    At 8:30am I finally headed out the door. As I started my van I noticed the wonderful hubby left me completely on 'E'. You can imagine my frustration He was the last to drive my van and he even commented on how he needs to bring into his work because I shouldn't be using as much gas as I am. After a short, not so nice phone call, to the hubby I zipped down the freeway and dropped the twins of at my mothers house and headed to Fuzzy's school, with 15min on the clock.
    I make it to the school at 9:06 we were supposed to leave at 9:15. I knocked on the Fuzzy's class window, no answer. At this point I text his teacher "Did you all leave already?" she answers me "Yes. Just did." Darn it, now that I won't be ridding on the bus I have to get gas. Isn't it always like that? Every time you need to be some place or your late, which often times its both for me, you need gas?
    I finally get to the mall and everyone is still standing outside waiting to go in. I MADE IT!!!
    Its such a great feeling, as some of you may know every Thursday I go and volunteer at the school all day. So these kiddos know me well. Right as I walk up all the 1st and 2nd graders turn and scream "MRS. ANGI!!!" and run over and hug attack me. Its so wonderful to know your important even if its to 30 1st and 2nd graders. I like it better actually because they are so young and pure of heart, its not a fake enjoyment they give you, they truly love having you around.
    I get my list for my group of kiddos to watch for the day, only three so it was not insane. I have to brag a moment here, before we went in all the kiddos played this game. You had to get the Sea Turtle to a full life cycle, my son and his team mates turtle was the one that lived to be full grown. Proud mama here. *giggles* I stood and said "ahem, that's my boy. best sea turtle out there." I got a few chuckles for some of the other parents and the teacher.
    Once we go inside it was really neat. The kids were all in awe as was I for that fact.

    Some Star fishy fun


    In this room the fish's swam all around you. It was kinda like being in one of those rooms where they show you what outer space looks like. Then there was this bubble where the kids could stick their heads in.

    Now we walk into this other room and it had an octopus as the last fish for that area. The fist picture is the octopus with no flash on clearly you can not seem him. Now the second one you can see him. I turned on the flash and took a photo. Immediately after doing so, with 5-8 kids  right by me, Fuzzy says "Mooom! What you can't read? It says NO FLASH PHOTOS RIGHT HERE!" Shows  you how well I pay attention...
     My little dude is such a Character. He is the one with the  Peace fingers.
    I told them if they didn't stop yelling I was going to feed them to the sharks. Then we found this bad boy.
    The "Finding Nemo" bubble

    Jelly Fish because I like them.

    This room was awesome and kinda creepy all at once. The floor was a type of plexi-glass and the walls and roof were really super thick glass. In the tank all around you were the sharks, sting rays, and various other fish's.


    My son thinks she has cooties... He's at that age now I guess. Her mom and I tried to get him to take a picture with her 4 times before we finally gave in and said "Screw it"

    So that was our final trip of the year. Thanks for stopping by and having a looksie.