Halloween Classroom Treats

I love easy treats that look like a lot more effort than they really are. Moonpie Lollipops have been a staple classroom treat for almost every holiday and even my girls birthdays. They are fun, easy, and everyone likes them. Simply buy a box of moon pies, popsicle sticks, a little frosting to use as “glue”, and some candy or cake decorations for the front. Moonpies also come in different flavors such as banana (use at Easter and birthday) and vanilla (Christmas and valentines), and of course chocolate which as you can see by the photo looks “fab” for Halloween. Stick these in a bucket with a little floral foam, and tie a cute ribbon around the stick, and you have an awesome treat, with little effort.

Cure for Insomnia

John Mark has been in St. Louis all week, and what that means for me is many sleepless nights. Yes, we have an alarm system so I feel perfectly safe, but the fact that the house just is empty makes me a nervous wreck until i am too tired to care. So for this week I have gone to sleep any where from 12:30-2:30 a.m. and still waking up everyday for daycamp and all my other commitments.

I think my problem is I know I can take something to help me sleep, but sleep medications just make me nervous somehow. In fact almost all medications make me nervous, I think that I have a fear of becoming addicted to things, so I take them in extreme moderation. I know they will do me good, and help heal but I just hesitate. If I have the flu, I wait it out, drink lots of fluids, and sit in steam. If I had something specific or obscure like mesothelioma than I know that a specific Mesothelioma treatment would be recommended. For some reason lack of sleep is one of those things that just doesn’t qualify in my mind as medication worthy.

Once again I sit here at 1:00 in the morning and dreading another lack of sleep night. Sunday my sweetheart will be back home with me again and I will be able to sleep again. Let’s hope I can function through then.

Riddle Me Tuesday

The younger kids in the gifted and talented group began working this week on seasons. We began with a brainstorm on what comes to mind during each season. It was interesting to see the different levels of outside the box thinking with an open brainstorm. Some thought easily about weather and holidays. Some associated them with different sports Fall= football season. I immediately went to color associations and foods. Fall for me was browns, rusts, and cranberry colors. It is turkey and pumpkin pie.

Brainstorm with your children for five minutes and see what word associations they make on each season. Next week we will be expanding on our brainstorm ideas with stories and poetry that involve our word association brainstorms. What fun to see how creative children can be. By the way no one solved last weeks riddle, but my older GT kids did after one hint….often found in bathrooms.

Riddle for the week: How far can a bear run into the woods?

The Power of Blogging

I get a looooooot of email from companies requesting me to post about things. Some of which I do especially if it interests me or I feel like it would be of interest to my audience. This is the tale of an oppurtunity I did not post about, but has as a result changed the life of a dear friend of mine.

My good friend Jennifer coaches with me in the evenings. She is a stay at home mom to three young children and has dreams of one day starting her own photography business. So when an opportunity came through my email about a world famous photographer having a scholarship contest to empower three women in a photography business. Complete with camera equipment, mentoring, and business help….. I didn’t post about it, but I did tell Jennifer. I forwarded her my email and she grabbed the opportunity presented.

Congratulations Jennifer on being one of the three recipients of the SOAR scholarship and all that it entails. It was no accident that this happened for me to help put you on your path…… It’s a God thing, I truly believe.

Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner: Review and Giveaway

If you have read this site for any length of time you will know I am a reluctant and sporadic cleaner. Having a different product to clean every square inch of my home is something that drives me to distraction. I search out the cleaners that are multi surface as well as multi purpose, and believe me when I find one i will shout it to the rooftops.

So hold on to your hats people, and get ready to listen to my roar. I am in serious infatuation with the new Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner. Why you might ask…..because if I can stroll through my house with one can and a cloth and manage to pick up random dust from my dining room furniture, plus spray it on my entry way mirror, and then take it to my computer and spray the keyboard….then I am a happy camper!… The bonus of course is that it really did a fantastic job.
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Riddle Me Tuesday

The younger group that I work with in gifted and talented is curiously enough all boys. We are currently working on dioramas ( scenes in shoeboxes) that show at least three living things and three non-living things. So far my box really stands out since I chose to do the seashore.

The boys have all chosen various themes of hunting, sports, or farming. Mind you these are country kids so that is what they know. The problem is that I wasn’t any help at all because I didn’t know what a deer blind would look to scale, or how to make the goal posts stand up using construction paper. The poor boy recreating a football game just looked at me strangely when I asked where the cheerleaders on the sideline were. He said they were not important to the game. Raising two very prissy girlie girls is going to be of no help whatsoever as the boys and I get through the year. I have a feeling I will be learning a lot.


Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion Review and Giveaway

I have to be honest I had no idea what a shielding lotion was when I was asked to look at Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion. I had not any idea what it did or how it would compare to any other lotion I have used, but after trying it I am glad to tell you what a difference it feels on my hands.

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Pumpkin Passion

I am in Loooooooooove with this time of year purely for the fact that I am a pumpkin addict. I love pumpkin pie, bread, fudge, and right now the Blizzard. After Christmas hits, I won’t eat pumpkin til next fall, because it is one of those flavors, I cannot handle any other time of the year, but at the moment it is awesome.

Last night I had a craving for pumpkin, and drove over to the local Dairy Queen (do they have these everywhere?). They have a different blizzard ice cream mixture featured every month. Last year during pumpkin pie month I went at least once a week. I have a feeling that will be repeated. Just those wonderful flavors with a little cinnamon and nutmeg, make my toes curl in delight! Anyone else feeling the pumpkin love?