You can even preview some sample pages of the book HERE.
Upon arrival, Landon was excited to sit down and start reading! He loves to read to his sister and this is a great book for beginner readers; as there aren't many words on each page, making it less confusing!
I've actually overheard Landon the past few days reciting certain phrases from Cows Can't Jump so I know he's taking something from it!
The pictures in the book are also great! I love the simplicity of this book as it fits both of my children and their ages, 5 and 2.
"Vibrantly illustrated, Cows Can't Jump will help young readers learn diverse and dynamic words, while absorbing a subtle yet powerful message that builds self-esteem and teaches respect and humility."
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First you will spray the bottom of a 9x13in baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Then spread your cooked rice on bottom, followed by cooked chicken. You will then layer your slices of swiss cheese on chicken and cut up ham on top of cheese.
Mix together the 2 cans of soup, milk & sour cream.
Spread mixture on top of ham. Crush crackers up and mix in the rest of the dry ingredients. Sprinkle on top of soup mixture.
I thought I'd share a few women who I have recently been inspired by.
Kathy Ireland Candace Cameron Bure Oprah Winfrey - as if you didn't think I'd include the ole 'O'! Ellen Degeneres
Then there are a few 'Mom Bloggers' who I'm inspired by
Amy Bellgardt (founder of Mom Spark & Mom Spark Media) Laura (Founder of TipJunkie) * I'm sure there are a few others but I can't think of them all right now!
So what do these inspiring women have to do with me and my life? Entrepreneurship!
(insert *sighs* of unreasoning here...haha)
en·tre·pre·neur/ˌäntrəprəˈno͝or/Noun 1. A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. 2. A promoter in the entertainment industry.
The more I read on these women, and women of the like, I can't help but to think that it's something I'm reaching for. Sure I blog, I'm up to 170 followers which I'm excited about! And blogging isn't just sitting in front of the computer like some think. I actually email companies and ask them if they would like to send me a product to review on my blog. I've actually gotten quite a few things in return by doing this. I'm not sure what that would fall under but I'm assuming something along the lines of 'marketing & public relations' both of which are important in business. Therefore, I like the idea of entrepreneurship and business. It's like people try and tell you, you should do this or you should do that with your life. Or, you're not doing anything with your life...when, what do they really know about you and your life? When you tell someone what you want in life and what career path you want to take - they look at you with some dumbfounded look as if you won't make it. Really, I'd like to think people would be more open-minded because I'm not the first person to look at this word and think "Hey, that's something I'm interested in" - isn't it obvious that the people I've listed are also in business for themselves? I'm sure they all had people telling them they aren't going to make it, and who knows, maybe I really won't make it far but I think I've done pretty good thus far; as all my life experiences up to this point, are experiences I'm sure could help others who have been in my shoes before. Not to mention, I'm all about learning and surrounding myself with people. Which leads me into...
Another word most people around me would look at and think "Yea right, you, motivational speaking? Doubt it!" I've got to find a way to get into this! The pastor at our church said I needed to get more involved, which IS the truth and I want to, so I can start by sharing my story with others in a small group and possibly leading to a bigger group. I know my story thus far can change lives and I know this because my story deals with an everyday occurance - depression/suicide. I truly believe more so now than ever, that it's up to YOU on how you live your life. Not the other guys - even though at times, the words spoken to a person can break them down which I've found this true through my own experiences...words can make you feel worthless no matter who says them.
I've forgotten Who we are living for and it's time to take a step back and reprioritize my life. I'm ready to do something for myself, but also for our Father and for the family that He has given me. I'd really like to take 'It's A Mom Thing' to the next level of blogging - not sure just yet what that next level is, but I'm thinking offering advertising/sponsoring soon. I will probably try to get more followers before doing so however, but it's definitely something I'd like to look into. I'd love to make it to a blogging conference, and am praying hard about the next Bloggy Bootcamp coming to Atlanta. My mom lives in a surrounding city so I would stay the night with her instead of getting a hotel room, I'd like to anyways :-)
Do any of the bloggers have any tips as to how to 'stretch' your blog and go to the next level?
Our first time vacationing with a toddler was when my son was around 1 1/2 years old. It was a 9 hour trip from FL to SC to visit my family back home. He did quite well!
This last time we went back home we had both of our kids, at the time 11 months and 4 years old, we split this trip up into 2 days because I was following my Memaw. Our 11 month old wasn't very happy about traveling but our 4 year old has always been pretty good about it. I've learned a few things since then, that I will be sure to include our next trip this year.
I saw a while back - somewhere in blogging land - a neat idea of having a 'travel fun kit'. Basically, I keep a container filled with little activities/books that the kids can play with while riding in the car. Some of the things I include are, those Crayola Wonder Color (I think that's the name) books that the markers only color on the special paper, small hand held games, small puzzles that can be put together on a lap board, etc. We recently upgraded our vehicle and got a mini van that came equipped with a DVD player - thank God for that right?! I really think that will be coming in handy this years trip ;-) I'd also like to say that bringing along a pillow and blanket from home would be ideal. Both of our kids have their own blankets and 'special' pillow that will come along on long road trips. It helps make them more comfortable about being away from home!
Another important thing, every time we stop to eat, we make sure to stop somewhere we can go in and eat so we can all stretch our legs. I'd also recommend stopping at rest areas to stretch little legs!
Since this is my first time participating I'm not sure if this topic has been covered but, I'd like to see more ideas of fun activities to do with toddlers over the Summer. One thing we've been doing, story time at our local Library!
First, you'll bring 5 cups water to a boil. Combine 1 cup boiling water with 1 package of Jello, stirring until dissolved. Place the dissolved Jello in one of the prepared containers (spray containers down with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in Jello mixture). Do this with the remaining packages of Jello. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
When Jello has set, bring another 1 1/2 cup water to a boil. While water is heating, sprinkle 2 packets of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water. Allow to stand for approximately 4 minutes. When water is boiling, pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over the dissolved gelatin and stir to combine. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Allow to come to room temperature.
Spray a 9 X 13" pan with non-stick cooking spray. Carefully cut the colored Jello into cubes and gently toss to combine in the pan.
Pour the cooled milk mixture over the colored Jello and rearrange some of the colored Jello, if necessary.
Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill overnight. Cut into squares or various shapes using cookie cutters!
I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from Landon & Eliza's birthday party last Saturday! We've all been getting over a pretty nasty cold (which reared it's ugly head at us the day of the party), which should explain the lack of posts all week! I don't remember ever having an upper respiratory infection and I do believe that's what got me...yep, I believe I'll call myself Doctor Mom ;-) Just kidding!
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Firefox on my computer has a virus so I'm using Internet Explorer, something I'm not use to at all so if any of my posts have misspelled words or look funny, that may be why! (Or it's lack of sleep.... =)
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I wanted to take a minute and talk about the local library. I've known for quite a while now that our local libraries have story time/toddler time. I haven't been going like a lot of moms I know around here; until now that is. This was Eliza and I's third time going and it's been nice!
I've not been going out much and well, have been depressed about not doing anything! But, I've come to realize that sitting around isn't going to get me anywhere and it sure isn't going to help the matter any.
Story time is a great way to get out of the house and do something with the kids. Although, Landon is in school when I take Eliza, and that does get to me a little. But, I did sign him up for the reading program the library puts on during the summer. He loves to read, as does Eliza! I will post next week about a great way to earn FREE books too!
We're lucky enough to have 2 very local libraries and as we've only been doing the Wednesday morning story time, I'm thinking about starting to go to the Thursday one at the other library too. I really don't go out much so story time just seems to be a good way of getting out and interacting for the both of us, Eliza and I.
How many of you have attended your local library's story time/toddler time? Is it something you enjoy too or would think about doing?
We were recently sent Series 2 PetCakes, from Well Made Toys, to review. These cute little guys come with a 'frosting' hat wrapped in a fabric cupcake wrapper. Each PetCake comes out of their wrapper making for a neat little surprise!!
Upon arrival, Eliza inspected the PetCakes to see what they were all about. The Series 2 PetCakes include, Honey Cakes the bear, Bamboo Berry the panda, Roco Coco the raccoon, & Nutty Nicky the squirrel.
PetCakes make great birthday, Christmas & and any other holiday gifts! They could even be incentives for good grades or good behavior.
My daughter was excited to see the small 'pets' hidden inside of the cupcake wrappers! There is also a set of Series 1 PetCakes, 4 cute puppies.
Each PetCake retails for $14.99 and can be bought in the PetCakes online store or Toys R Us.
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