Friday, October 26, 2012

Are they for real???

Okay, so I've spent a fair amount of time researching available recipes suggested for "picky eaters" and I've come to a conclusion: the people who posted these recipes have not tested them on kids who truly are picky. If your child eats tuna, different types of veggies, all types of meats, and possibly all together - they are NOT picky. If they eat meals without regard to color, presentation, smell, texture or appearance - they are NOT picky. If they willingly try a new food just because you tell them it's for picky eaters - they are NOT picky.
So, I am on a mission now. I am going to sit down and create recipes that I know my picky eaters - I have three and all are picky about different things - will eat. If they approve them, then I know that other picky eaters will too. I will share my experiences via a new blog on here and would appreciate all support I can get.
For all you moms out there who have the same predicament as I do - pay attention, because I am determined to find some recipes that will work for picky eaters. Not just those who have two or three veggies they don't like. I'm talking about the kids who won't look at tuna, have a limited number of veggies they'll eat, judge a dish by it's smell and appearance, and won't touch it at all if the texture is not what they want.
In my new blog, which I will be posting on shortly, I will introduce my kids and how each of them rate each recipe that I post. As I discussed already, each of them has a different area they are picky about. But even my least picky child doesn't go near tuna. I honestly don't see why everyone thinks all kids like tuna. I myself didn't start liking it until I was a teen. So the fact that tuna made the picky list is really beyond me.
If you or someone you know is dealing with picky eaters, send them to my blog and I will hopefully have a recipe or two that will work for them.

Next up on Thank Goodness blog: product reviews and how to share a mommy.

Friday, October 19, 2012

All I have is Yours!

James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

I think that everyone needs to have a little splash of water to wake us up sometimes. Normal day-to-day stuff becomes so predictable and expected that we usually take these things for granted. I do a lot of that. It is then that God splashes a bit of water on my face for a wake-up call. All that I have is not what I have earned by my works. I don't deserve any of this. What I have is what God has done for me by His grace. So, when I start getting frustrated because the kids don't want to cooperate or because I can't get the house cleaned or even because I never seem to get to spend enough time with my husband, that's when I need to be humbled...again.
My kids - though they bicker and complain amongst each other and with me - are gifts from God. What if HE took them back??? My house is messy because my family is well clothed and fed and they have fun. What if we were broke and had to live in a box??? My husband works very hard to support all of us and I love and respect that man more than anyone else in this world. What if HE took him home (heaven)??? No one is perfect except for God, so no one deserves what they have.

Even little things like being able to use your senses shouldn't be taken for granted. But when I start thinking about these questions, it gives me a reality check real quick. We are not in control. God is. And HE can see fit to give us just exactly what we don't realize we're asking for: peace and quiet. The thought terrifies me. But it helps me to appreciate every day just like it is. Kids giving me a particularly hard time today? Smile, because if they weren't here, I would miss those moments terribly. Can't seem to get anything done in the house? Smile, because if all my attention was always on the house, my kids would be miserable. Not get to snuggle up next to my hubby? Smile, because he works hard to provide for our children's and our needs, and I should be glad to just be next to that wonderful man.

I am human and need to be reminded often that what I have is not what I have earned, but rather what God has blessed me with by His grace. I pray for all who read this that you can all have a splash of water too. It is humbling to realize that we can't control what happens in our lives and that the people and things in our lives were not put there by our means. Please take a few minutes and just pray. Thank God first of all for all you have, and then let God talk to you. Starting this morning, a little more than an hour ago, I am not taking my life for granted any more. This is something that I have been working on for a while, but God spoke to me so clearly this morning. No more excuses. That's almost too cliche to say, but it's true. I'm not going to make any more excuses about how everything is so bad. It can be bad. My life is good. Sweet, wonderful kids that don't like to do chores or take baths. A house that never seems to be clean. A wonderful, loving husband who does all he can for us even though sometimes it means a little less time with him. I am blessed. We all are.

Friday, October 12, 2012

In MY honest opinion...

For a while now, I have wanted to post some product and site reviews to help get the word out about awesome products/sites. Here are a few of my must-haves:

First off, I want to give some big thumbs up to my fav free stuff sites: Sweet Free Stuff, My Free Product Samples, Freeflys, and Vocalpoint! I have been using and for a few months now and they are awesome! Both sites send out a daily email that lists all free offers available for that day. Some are in-store offers and some are print-a-coupon deals, but most are free samples through snail mail. Simply click-thru and follow instructions and ta-da, you'll land some seriously cool free stuff too! A lot of companies use Facebook for promos and special offers, so having a fb account can be useful in targeting free samples. Freeflys also sends out a daily email, but on top of that, they send out a weekly recap email for offers still available at the end of the week, in case you missed them. Vocalpoint is a social networking site where you can not only receive free samples and coupons, but you can also find recipes, crafts and just about everything about keeping the house clean and the kids taken care of.

Aside from free stuff sites, there are also sites geared towards providing some type of reward for using their site. Of the many that are out there, and the few that I have tried, Mypoints is my favorite. I have used them for 12 years and counting. The best part about this site is that you can get rewarded without having to make purchases. If you simply read and click-thru emails they send out, you can earn points. Everything you do with their site earns you points, varying from 5 to 5,000. You then redeem the accumulated points for gift cards, with a wide array of vendors to choose from. Love it!!

In my honest opinion, I believe all moms (or anyone who loves free samples!!) should sign up for these sites and start getting free stuff!! And then, they should recommend it to all their friends and families! So what're you waiting for? First, get a facebook account, then sign up at,,, and See you there!