After you brew your morning coffee, what do you do with the used coffee grounds? If you said, “I throw them away”, have I got a list of uses for coffee grounds for you! Used coffee grounds can be used for many different things. Before you toss them in the trash, take a look at these unusual uses for coffee grounds that may come in handy.
It is spring here. You wouldn’t know that since there is snow on the ground and my children are home for the second day in a row. I am on the brink of insanity since I still have work to do. Then I got to thinking even though they do not have school. I bet I could find a way to teach them something. I just needed Ideas for Kids Over Break.
Are you tired of hearing I am bored? Do you have a nervous breakdown when your kids are at home from school? (I do.) Do not worry I love mine to the moon and back but I can’t keep them entertained forever and more importantly I do not have the funds to buy them everything they think they want. What I do have is a desired to help them learn new things. I love when they can find those gifts that they have and use them. I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am when they are excited and happy.
I have three kids, and they are all different. They differ in age, gender, and interest. They also vary in learning style so how did I find a resolution for all three children at the same time on a limited budget?
Am I magical?
I was sitting with my son last week. He is a very thoughtful child full of more questions than I can answer. He has these long eyelashes and eyes the make you want to melt. His questions are well thought out and come at you faster than rain in a storm. They wet you and sometimes chill you to the bone and other times refresh your spirit. They are occasionally light and kiss your soul, and sometimes they have the world driving each word. Today was one of those days where I had to stop everything and answer his question. This question was so big it filled the room, and I had to give it the attention it deserves, so I did.
He asked, “Why, do people want to serve in the military.” I sat down. I asked him for a minute so I could give this question the attention it deserves. I closed my eyes. I opened my heart, and my words began to flow. I asked him if he liked being able to talk. He said, “Most of the time except when my teacher tells me to stop.” I asked, him if he likes to pray. He said, “Yes, I do it all the time, but you told me to stop praying for toys and instead pray for peace and wisdom which I think I can find in toys.” Then I said, “Do you love being an American?” He said, “Yes, we have fireworks.” Then I asked him if he feels safe outside. “Yes, mama. Why wouldn’t I?”
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.
I recently had a conversation with my son. He wants an $800 cellphone because his “starter” cellphone isn’t good enough. I wonder did I buy him a cellphone to let me know he was on the bus and for him to call me when he was done with soccer or did I buy him a cellphone to keep up with the Jones? If you know me you know, I bought him the cheapest phone I could find that worked. You know why?
He doesn’t have a job. His phone doesn’t earn money, and I wanted to pay cash, and it would be a cold day in Hawaii before I would spend $800 on a phone for a kid. Why is it that this same mom wrote a check for thousands of dollars for something he will not even use for 18 years?
You see I like to spend money on things that matter. We live our lives with the big goals in mind. If I spend money on all the little things that do not matter the thing that matters most will be out of my grasp.
What matters most to me?
Yes, college. I wanted to make sure my children have the ability to attend college and to graduate college debt free. We chose Florida Prepaid College. We were able to pay all three plans off before our oldest attended high school. We said “no” to many things along the way so we could say “yes” to the one thing that will never break, that will never get old, that will never lose value. We gave them the gift of an education.
Save Money While Cooking
1) Use powdered milk instead of regular milk –It is easy to mix up as needed as is a great substitute in recipes, pasta or rice side dishes,pudding and anything else that calls for milk. The only thing I won’t use powdered milk for is if I am having it straight up in cereal or a glass.
2) Keep your brown sugar from getting hard by placing a piece of bread inside the container. The brown sugar draws the moisture from the bread. Change out the bread when you use the brown sugar.Continue reading
It’s that time of the year to honor the great fathers in our lives, to thank them for their sacrifices and their love. It’s been more than a decade since my father passed but I still get teary eyed whenever I remember my wonderful and selfless father. He’s the simplest person that I have known, luxury for him is having the time to just sit and relax in our garden, barefoot walking in the grass while he admired his plants. Gifting him was tricky because he would just tell us that he doesn’t want any. New clothes and shoes would just end up on his cabinet for years because he preferred to wear out his old ones first. Stuff he can’t use would be donated and given to those who needed it. Then one day my brother brought home this cool outdoor grill and we saw our father’s eyes lit up, it was so memorable for all of us because he was so happy. How I wish he was still here to see his grandchildren and grill for them. He would have loved all those awesome grills available right now.
Now that I have a family of my own, I also wanted to see my husband’s eyes lit up when we surprise him with a gift. Luckily he loves the outdoors and I have lots of options to choose from at Amazon.