Monthly Archives: May 2012

Memories: Traditions

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

   I love to create traditions. I have a wonderful friend that shared her tradition with me for Father’s day. She would go to the store and buy two poster boards. She would cut out the letters A and D. Then she would take pictures of her children holding the letters each year for Father’s day. We now do this every year and the kids really enjoy getting involved. I let them pick the color of their letter and even decorate it. We will be buying three poster boards this year since we will have three children decorating the letter. I know it is something both my children and my husband appreciate and it is very reasonable. It is also a wonderful gift that we will all treasure for years to come.

You can see the personalities of our children in the first photo! Then in the second was the one I begged for. Then I took pictures of them each with a letter. I can’t wait to do this years they have grown so much in the last year. They are already planning how they want to decorate their letter. I usually turn the pictures into black and white photos and use them to make my husband a mug.




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May 30, 2012

Crafting with Kids: Use What Mother Nature Gives Us

Mother Nature gives us so many beautiful things why not use them to their fullest advantage? Most kids learn best by exploring without limits (within reason of course). I bet you are thinking “that is great and all but, what does that have to do with doing crafts with my kids?”.  There are so many things you can do with your kids while just being outside.

What can we do?

Rain or shine there are many things you can do with your kids outside.


When the sun is shining, many kids will be seen riding bikes or playing basketball. We do these things too but, one of our favorite things to do is go on scavenger hunt walks around the neighborhood. These walks do not have to be limited to your neighborhood. You can take your kids out to local parks and hiking trails and do it too.  Here are some free printables for a Toddler’s Nature Scavenger Hunt  and a Kid’s Nature Scavenger Hunt.

Another fun one is to trace your kids shadow with sidewalk chalk and have them design it. If their shadow isn’t something they want to do they can trace a toy’s shadow instead.

We enjoy doing so many things on sunny days but, these are a few of our favorites.



Rainy days are known as inside lazy days for most people. While some days truly are better when enjoyed inside, we take full advantage of the warmer rainy days and head outside.

We run in the rain, catch rain drops on our tongues and my kids personal favorite: jump in the muddy puddles. Yes, you read that right: we search out muddy puddles to jump in. Plain puddles are okay but, the muddy ones are the best!

Have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather!!


Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!!Check out all of Crafting with Kids article here!

May 29, 2012

Chutzpah: Dance Like no one is watching

ChutzpaChutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

    Do you ever dance? I mean really dance. The kind of dancing that could be used against you if anyone ever saw you. I recently heard my daughter tell my son to dance like mom wasn’t watching. I was puzzled what type of dancing was my son doing that my daughter felt that it should be hidden. The other question is just because I am not looking at her doesn’t mean I can’t hear what she says. I am not going to share that information with her because she will begin to whisper. I did get a quick glimpse of “dance like mom isn’t watching.” It was very funny and involved a lot of bum bum movement.

In life have the Chutzpah to dance like mom isn’t watching!

May 29, 2012

Scottish Recipes Inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Movie Brave

Disney Pixar’s BRAVE is opening on June 22nd and while waiting for the opening of this film, you may want to try these two delicious Scottish recipes inspired by the film! You and your kids will surely enjoy these.

“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

May 28, 2012

Karla’s Korner: Are You Responsible….?

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Are You Responsible….?

So have you heard about the 33 year old man who has fathered 30 children in 15 years? No, this is not a joke, this is real life. When I first heard about this I waited for the punch line; I knew it had to be a joke but quickly realized that it was not; it is a real life situation involving a very large family. As the news programs began to talk about this and dissect the problem, one thing became crystal clear; there is no one real person to blame. How did this happen? Who would allow this to happen? What in the world does one do with 30 children? There are no real solid answers to any of these questions. I have two children and there were times in my younger years that I wondered how I was going to take care of, nurture, and successfully raise them until they were grown-ups. This collective group of mommas and dad have somehow found themselves in a situation that seems unfathomable to most, but reality to them. Unfortunately someone will have to pay for the grown-ups lack of responsibility. The children have no say in this mess at all, however, they are the ones most affected by their parents irresponsible behaviors.

As I pondered over writing about this topic I wrote, deleted, re-wrote, deleted and am now writing about it because quite frankly I cannot stop thinking about it. At first I was leery to approach the subject for fear of political incorrectness. After nearly two weeks of thinking about it I feel the need to share my feelings on the subject….politically correct or not.

One of the biggest and most important lessons a parent can teach a child is responsibility for their own actions, something the parents in this story apparently lack. As much as I believe that having children and how many is a personal choice, I believe that having children so recklessly is unacceptable behavior. Think about it, there are 11 women who have had babies with this man and now he is asking the state of Tennessee to help pay for their care. I will be the first to say that I believe someone needs to step in a take care of them; I hope the government will assist these children so that they can have the proper care they need to survive. As for the parents, I believe that an intervention is necessary. There should be no more babies added to this family. That being said, I heard the father just last night on the news say that he hoped it didn’t happen again; he hoped there would be no more. Seriously? He can control the outcome of that by being responsible. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy something that he has not done in the past.

Has anyone in this story done anything illegal? No. Technically none of the adults in this situation have done anything illegal, but they all have been irresponsible which has created a set of circumstances for these children that are unfair. My heart hurts for the children; they did not ask to be born and definitely did not ask to be the subject of news media frenzy. Unfortunately, they are and somehow these children need to be taken care of.

I believe that some in our society thinks it is okay to live recklessly and allow others to take the fall; clean up the mess left behind. Who’s responsibility is it to make sure that children or adults for that matter in these types of situations are taken care of? These lessons need to begin at home when our children are young. Children learn by example and if parents live an irresponsible lifestyle then their children will no nothing else. I do believe that when irresponsibility creates situations like this certain guidelines need to be in place so that the behavior is modified in order to receive help meaning that these people need to work for their assistance. If people are making a conscious effort to do all they can and still fall short or life throws them a curve ball and they find themselves down on their luck but continue to work toward finding a solution, then by all means assist them. But for folks who simply hold out their hand and ask for someone else to pick up the pieces while they continue to live irresponsibly then assistance should be limited.

I have been blessed in my life and have never had a great need for anything. My family has always been clothed, fed and comfortable and for that we are grateful. I have never had a problem helping those in need and have done so quite often, however, I wonder what it is that makes some people believe that others should pick up the slack so that they can continue to live without responsibility. Living responsibly is a must for everyone. Being responsible builds pride in ourselves, our children and our world. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, as long as you stay true to yourself, your family, your faith and take the responsibility to not only be the best you can be but teach your children to do the same. What a grand world we live in…let’s all strive to make it an even grander place to be.


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