Cool Etsy Stuff

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Since I’m already doing 156 things at once, I started doing 157 things by getting more into Etsy. Like that really needed to happen. I pour over fluffy tutus and leg warmers for the hummingbird while I look for anything under the sun. Here are some things I’ve ordered from my recent Etsy obsession.

Mudan Blossoms – They have adorable leg warmers for girls.

Mimi and Lucy – Since I’ve been reading less of my Kindle and more library books, I used it as an excuse to buy these vintage print bookmarks.

Ian’s Cafe – I found THE coolest bookmark of the wicked witch from this place. The witch’s feet stick outside of the book. It’s very cool.

Grey And Green – I started off buying her lotion bar and loved it so much that I went back and ordered the vanilla bean brown sugar scrub and vanilla lip balm which smells amazing. It’s so good that my 6 year-old claimed it for herself.

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Peenterest: The Poke

It’s once again time for Peenterest; where I take funny little things I find on Pinterest and post them here. The more inappropriate, the better.

Just a quick catch up. I finally got my ass back in college. Last year, I went back to school, but it was for a specific program I thought I wanted to do. I ended up hating the fuck out of it. I decided that I just need to finally take the leap and go back to college instead.

I forgot how difficult and time consuming it is and have been so tired, I actually went to bed at 8:30 last night. Since school started, I’ve been going back and forth between I FUCKING LOVE THIS! to WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?

And holy hell, I sure feel old amongst the 18 and 19 year-olds. Despite the stress and anxiety of going back to school, like Dory, I keep telling myself “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”

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*Rock Your Body

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Book Suggestions For Adults And Kids

I’ve been feeling restless with what I’ve been reading lately. It could just be my mood, but whatever it is, nothing is really hitting the spot.

Before I got into this book dry spell, the hummingbird and I read these books. I came across the book Dear Hot Dog and we absolutely fell in love with it. That sparked an interest in poetry for both of us and I’ve been searching out more books.

Honestly, I don’t understand a damn thing about poetry but I think I may be starting to get the gist. I read a few poems by Robert Frost and came close to having a wordgasm. But to be fair, I’m a lover of words and gasms so I have them often.

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The Invention Of Wings – I LOVED the movie The Secret Life Of Bees and was going to read the book, but decided on The Invention Of Wings. In 1803, on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, she’s given ownership of 10 year-old slave, Handful “Hetty”, which Sarah is against.

This book follows the ups and downs of their lives for many years. It is so good.

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Robert Frost: Selected Poems – It’s a book. About poems. I couldn’t find the exact book I have.

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Suburban Haiku: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence – I really love this book and if you don’t have it yet, pick up a copy.

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The Secret Life Of Violet Grant – I really needed this fun read. In 1964, Vivian receives a parcel from an aunt she didn’t know about. She starts digging further into this mysterious aunt’s life and sees they have more in common than she expected.

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Dear Hot Dog – This is such an adorable book that is worth buying because of the many reads you’ll get out of it. It has poems about pants, toes, socks, etc. So cute. Ages 3-6.

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I Haiku You – Wonderful book that has helped us with writing exercises. My 6 year-old needs my help, of course, coming up with haikus and we’ve been having fun. Ages 4-8.

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Book Speak!: Poems About Books – This is a great book with poems about different parts of books. Very fun reading for the family. Ages 4-7.

Do you have some book suggestions?

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I’m Sorry I Ate Your Chips And Dip. And Drank Your Pepsi. And Didn’t Give You Any Peace And Quiet Unless I Was Unconscious.

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This past summer, we went camping at a cabin for four days. It may not seem like roughing it but I’m not outdoorsy so that was like being in an episode of Naked and Afraid. With the exception of the huge scare with the hummingbird’s hypoglycemia, the days prior were really nice, although being in close quarters with each other could test my patience.

I’m the type that gets drained by being around people frequently so I need to take time to recharge by myself. That’s hard to do when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere in a small cabin.

After a few days of a lot of togetherness, I decided to stay at the cabin for the afternoon while the hummingbird and husband went swimming. When we were at the lodge picking up some overpriced items we really didn’t need, I grabbed some french onion dip and chips.

Yes, I actually have fond memories of my mom eating chips and dip. It represents me being about 10 years old during the summer, without a care in the world, playing outside for hours.

While looking back on my childhood, it seems rare that I saw my mom sitting down for long. The times I do were when she’d have some free time to just chill out with a magazine, a Pepsi (I’m a coke purist but had no control back then), and some dip with wavy Lays or ruuuuffles with riiidges. Am I the only one who remembers the ruffles with ridges commercials?

Just to be clear, I was a 10 year-old with a “my parent exists only to wait on me hand and foot” mentality. Kind of like when you realize your parent’s name is something else besides “mom” or “dad” and they actually have outside interests besides their kids wants and needs.

What kind of crazy talk is that?!

I would occasionally find her sitting in the dining room with an ice-cold Pepsi, chips and dip, and the latest gossip about Princess Diana or what kind of marriage crisis Elizabeth Taylor was in.

Because parents will forever be fucked when it comes to finding free time without their kids finding out, I felt it was my duty to sit with my mom and bug her. Not intentionally. Just because that’s what kids do best.

I would always ask her if I could have some of her chips and dip and she would never deny me. Then I’d be like “Mom? Can I please have just a tiny sip of your Pepsi? Please? Please? Please? What are you reading? Can I read it after you’re done? Which story are you on now? Elizabeth Taylor did what with who? Mom? Mom? Can I have a few more of your chips? And just another tiny sip of your Pepsi?”

Then, there was the camping trip over the summer and the several hours spent together with a lot of togetherness.

So, while I spent an hour alone that day, I enjoyed the hell out of it. And I noticed I was doing the same thing I remember my mom doing. The cabin was quiet except for the hum of the ceiling fan and I sat at the dining room table enjoying my coke, chips and dip, and reading my gossip rag, US Weekly.

I was finally relaxing for the first time on our camping trip but at the same time I had no idea when the hubby and my 6 year-old would walk through the front door and that’s when it hit me.

Oh my god. My poor mom. In her quest to find some peace and quiet from her kids, not only did I never leave her alone unless I was sleeping, all the poor woman wanted was a cold drink with some chips and dip and some celeb gossip between loads of laundry and cleaning the house and I took it from her.

I ATE IT! I ATE MY MOM’S CHIPS AND DIP!

The things moms and dads are put through that you have no idea about until you have a child can blow my mind. I had a grilled cheese for lunch recently and guess who wasn’t hungry but changed her mind upon me taking my first bite of my sandwich.

It ended up being hers, except for the crust and I didn’t say one damn word. Oh, I had plenty to think. Like “Omg, you’re taking my delicious, cheesy food and I’m STARVING!”

But on the outside, I was all “would you like me to make one for you? No? Okay. Sure, you can have half. Oh, you went through that fast. The crust? Sure, I’ll take the crust because I’m fucking hungry and you’re eating my food and not eating yours and you will never understand this until you have kids of your own and damn, that was the last, delicious, cheesy bite of my grilled cheese sandwich that you just ate.”

*When We Were On Fire

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Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas

Photo Credit: Two Peas

Photo Credit: Two Peas

I’ve been cutting out meat for the most part but it’s been challenging when it comes to finding something my husband will like as well as my very picky 6 year-old. I love that this enchilada recipe uses green enchilada sauce since the hummingbird won’t go near the red sauce.

What makes me love these even more is these enchiladas can be made ahead of time and they freeze really well. Just sprinkle the cheese on after being taken out of the freezer. This would be a perfect dish to make for a new mom or neighbor.

I serve this with a side of refried beans and a salad with a dressing of low-fat sour cream and salsa.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 cups (about 2 bags) fresh spinach leaves
Juice from 1 lime
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground chili powder
1/2 cup light sour cream
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 cans (10 oz each) Old El Paso Mild Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
8 Flour Fajita Size Tortillas
2 cups shredded light Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

Optional Toppings:
Green onions, chopped
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Diced avocado

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat olive or grapeseed oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the spinach leaves and cook until they are wilted and shrinks down. Stir in the lime juice, cilantro, cumin, and chili powder. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. To assemble, spread about 1/2 can of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Fill each tortilla with about 3 tablespoons of the spinach mixture. In a medium bowl, combine both kinds of shredded cheese. Sprinkle cheese over spinach mixture, about 3 tablespoons per enchilada.

Roll up and place seam side down in the baking dish. Top enchiladas with the other 1/2 can of enchilada sauce and about 1/2 of the other can. We had some sauce leftover. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top of enchiladas. Bake 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted, and the sauce is bubbling around the edges.

3. Garnish enchiladas with green onion, cilantro, and avocado, if desired.

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What Should You Do With Your Kid During Holiday Break Because They’re So B-O-R-E-D?

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My 6 year-old is home for the next few weeks and I haven’t planned on anything yet to keep her occupied. Below are some sites I came across on Pinterest that have some good ideas as well as some ideas I have in mind.

Good luck!

Read together.

Have game night.

Color.

Let them help you cook, which I’m working on due to my “I NEED TO DO IT BY MYSELF” tendencies.

Face painting, which my kid goes crazy for.

Take a walk around the neighborhood.

Go To The Library,

Let them paint your fingernails and vice versa.

Tell them to go clean their room. There’s a 99% chance they’ll hate the thought so add “or you can clean the windows and dust”. Not only will they do something you don’t care to do, you may get a few minutes of peace and quiet.

Living Well Spending Less – This has several great ideas to do while the kids are home, from making murals to dioramas.

Buzzfeed – They have some ideas to burn some energy if you’re indoors.

The Imagination Tree – Great calming activities, especially for younger kids. A few years ago, my daughter and I had fun making the rain stick.

Classy Clutter – Several fun things to do like making snow paint.

The Book Diaries – I’ve spent so much time on this site looking for book suggestions.

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10 Things To Do Before Christmas

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10. Battle it out with the tape and wrapping paper.

9. Get a sugar buzz from hot cocoa.

8. Get a buzz from spiked hot chocolate.

7. Curse out the Christmas lights.

6. Cry when hearing your favorite holiday song. Damn you, emotions!

5. Buy enough booze for a small army because family is coming.

4. Decide you want to get a jump start to a healthier lifestyle and don’t make it past dinner because CHRISTMAS COOKIES.

3. Wonder why the hell you’re sending holiday cards to half the people on your card list.

2. Say “I’m never doing this shit again!”

1. Watch Elf.

Happy Holidays!

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