Official List of the awesome stuff I loved in April

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I have really come to enjoy collecting my favorite Social Media posts and other internet related things as a blogger.

All through the month, I save the things that speak to me. Whether that be emotionally or mentally or even spiritually.

It is so much fun and even relaxing to like and then share great posts from talented people, even if they are not bloggers.

This month is no different, I have compiled a list of really great posts that I really loved.

I like to start with a few quotes to bring the mood up and motivate those mommies who are having a bad day.

I hope this post gives you some inspiration and maybe even a laugh or two.

So, let’s get into my official awesome April list…

QUOTES

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best”

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” (always my go to for the bad days)

My own….. “Everything I need to know I learned in kinder…. No… everything I need to know I learned from my mother… and that is the truth”

“The time spent on the family is not a sacrifice. You are living a life with choices; when you make the right ones, you have a good life.”

“Your most valuable parenting skill is learning to manage yourself first”

“And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry”

“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do”

 

TWITTER

https://twitter.com/awsmnss29/status/857991889114542080 *****

 

INSTAGRAM

 

 

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/Elissathemom/

https://www.facebook.com/thedrunkmom/

https://www.facebook.com/singlemumstyle/

https://www.facebook.com/littlemissblg/

https://www.facebook.com/OrganizingMotherhood/

https://www.facebook.com/momalwaysknows/

https://www.facebook.com/OneAwesomeMomma/

https://www.facebook.com/alliesmommy7/ *****

 

BLOGS

http://www.momadvice.com/post/amys-notebook-04-26-17

http://familycorner.blogspot.com/2017/04/happy-homemaker-monday-04172017.html

Hobbies From Home: Fun, Productive Ideas for Busy Moms

Dads, Be Tender With Your Children

Sometimes We Have to Step Back For Parenting to Come Into Focus

Stay-at-Home Mom Resources and Advice You’ll Love

http://alliesmommy.com/ *****

PINTEREST

https://www.pinterest.com/thebettermom/

https://www.pinterest.com/stayasahm/

https://www.pinterest.com/the1dergirl/

https://www.pinterest.com/agnesrhodes/

https://www.pinterest.com/reneearbia/

https://www.pinterest.com/prosahm/

https://www.pinterest.com/ReluctantlyHome/

https://www.pinterest.com/alliesmommyblog/ *****

 

*****shameless plugs… because this is the first time in my blogging journey {over a year} where I’m actually proud of my content.

Thank you for reading 🙂

So this has been the…

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

What have you enjoyed this month? Anything new and special you’ve done that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments.

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Have a wonderful week!!!

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Days in May to Celebrate with the Kids

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”

The weather is getting warm, the kids are getting antsy to be outside. But, what can you do as a family that everyone can enjoy together.

May is the best time of year, in my opinion. It gets warmer outside but not hot, the flowers are blooming, and everyone seems to be in a good mood.

As with March and April, I have looked up the different national days for the month of May and chosen the ones that I think would be nice to celebrate as a family.

So, without further ado I give you… kids celebrate May

National Days of May to Celebrate with the Kids

National Mother Goose Day is observed each year on May 1st.

This day honors Mother Goose, the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children.

Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet.

Enjoy two different versions of Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater:

(Originally dated in Mother Goose’s Quarto c1825)

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had another, and didn’t love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.

(Most well-known version)

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he keeps her very well.

What to do:

In honor of Mother Goose Day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children.

HISTORY

Charles Perrault is believed to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre when he published his fairy tale collection in 1695.

His publication marks the first authenticated starting point for the Mother Goose stories.

Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.

National Truffle Day is observed annually on May 2nd.  On this day, the deliciously sweet chocolate truffle gets the spotlight.

This chocolate confectionery is traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut.

The truffle may be filled with other fillings such as cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow or liqueur.

N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895.

Truffles became much more popular in 1902 when Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London.

What to do:

Enjoy the following tried and true recipes.

Easy OREO Truffles
Easy Decadent Truffles
Basic Truffles
Chocolate Truffles

Each year on May 3 it is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day.

This is a day to stand out from the other 364 days of the year. Celebrate your uniqueness and put it on display on May 3rd.

Wear two different colored shoes and see where they take you.

What to do:

Encourage the kids to wear two different colored shoes for a fun silly day.

HISTORY

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day was created by Dr. Arlene Kaiser.  Kaiser created this day to recognize and celebrate human diversity.

According to Kaiser, “The simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality.

By taking this ‘positive risk,’ you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life”.

To learn more visit

www.nationaltwodifferentcolordedshoesday.com.

May 4 recognizes National Orange Juice Day, America’s most popular breakfast drink.

People have been waking up to a glass of orange juice for many years and enjoying the health benefits it gives them.

One 8 ounce serving of orange juice has 124 mg of vitamin C and also supplies potassium, thiamine and folate.

That little bit of sunshine in the morning can add a boost to your day.

Another excellent way to add orange juice to your diet if you are watching your sugar intake is to include it as an ingredient in a recipe.

Orange juice can add great flavor to smoothies, whole grain waffles or french toast.

National Space Day is observed annually on the first Friday in May.

This day is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space.

The goal of National Space Day is to promote math, science, technology and engineering education in young people to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.

What to do:

Teachers, students, space-related organizations, groups and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations and educational programs each year on National Space Day.

National Space Day has grown so fast in recent years; the day is celebrated worldwide as International Space Day.

HISTORY

National Space Day was created in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-day event.  In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and Senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.

Each year on the first Saturday in May, National Scrapbook Day is observed.

Also known as National Scrapbooking Day, this day will gather thousands of people all over the country to celebrate with scrapbooking parties and share their talents with others. Scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century.

Scrapbooking is a method for preserving family history, personal momentoes, photographs, newspaper clippings, artwork and other memorabilia.

Journaling is often included to describe the journey or to maintain the story for future generations.

Scrapbooking has become a popular hobby and those who enjoy it may develop a strong social network, swapping tools, advice and techniques.

They often gather together at each others’ homes and even join each other at conventions or retreats.

NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY

National Lemonade Day is observed the first Sunday in May.

Not only is National Lemonade Day a time to enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, but more importantly, it is a day to give youth an opportunity to experience the taste of success.

Through LemonadeDay.org, millions of kids around the nation learn what it takes to run a business in a fun and constructive way.

The days leading up to Lemonade Day are full of preparation by small but budding entrepreneurs.

They attend workshops, check their stock and scout out their locations.

On Lemonade Day, they will be ready to set up shop and sell the freshest, coolest lemonade their side of the block!

What to do:

To participate in National Lemonade Day visit www.lemonadeday.org. Help the kids make a  lemonade stand on National Lemonade Day.

History:

National Lemonade Day was founded by Michael Holthouse in 2007 in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Today he and LemonadeDay.org is partnered with Google to continue to bring the entrepreneur spirit to the youth of the America.

 

National Coconut Cream Pie Day is observed annually on May 8. This day was created in honor of the delicious pie made with a sweet coconut cream filling.

What to do:

Follow a tried and true recipe for homemade Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country.

They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.

We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.

What to do:

It is time to say Thank You to the special teachers that you know.  Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do.

HISTORY

Political and educational leaders first began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944.  In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day.

Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.

The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

National Clean Up Your Room Day is observed annually on May 10.  This is a day parents appreciate much more than do their children.

National Clean Up Your Room Day isn’t just for kids to clean their rooms.  It is about picking up, straightening up and cleaning up.

It is a day to do some serious spring cleaning and make your surroundings more pleasant.

Clean out a cluttered closet and donate or throw away those things you are not using.

Help your children make their beds, clean their rooms and eliminate the toys and clothing they have outgrown.

What to do:

Spend some time getting your home looking and feeling clean and fresh for summer

but also…

National School Nurse Day is always the Wednesday of National Nurses Week. National School Nurse Day honors all school nurses who care for the children in the schools every day.

School nurses promote learning through healthy children.  The theme for the 2016 National School Nurse Day is School Nurses: Better Health. Better Learning. 

School nurses are often the first place a student thinks to go when they don’t feel well or have been hurt, but they provide a wealth of information that supports a successful education as well.

On National School Nurse Day, remember all the reasons the nurse is available to your school.

HISTORY

On July 4, 1968, the National Education Association established the Department of School Nurses (DSN), an association dedicated to the advancement of school nursing practice and the health of school-age children.

Over the next few years, each state established its own school nurses association under the umbrella of the Department of School Nurses.

In 1974, President Ford proclaimed the fourth Wednesday in January as National School Nurse Day.

School nurses are now nationally recognized and celebrated for contributing to the health and well-being of the nation’s students.

For more information on this day visit the National School Nurse Day website. 

Always observed on May 11, National Twilight Zone Day is that mysterious day highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences.

The television show The Twilight Zone was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959.

The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964.

What to do:

What’s your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone? If your children are old enough share this great show with them.

Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12).

Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem.  Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.

A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines.

The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.

The limerick also has a particular rhythm which is officially described as anapestic trimeter.

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY


By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

What to do:

Sit down with your kids and write a few limericks together.

Annually the second Saturday in May recognizes National Miniature Golf Day.

This day is separate fromMiniature Golf Day, which is celebrated worldwide on September 21.

Similar to the sport of golf, but as the name suggests it is a miniature version of the game. While still played with a series of 9 or 18 holes, miniature golf courses are shorter, usually themed and have a variety of obstacles which add to the difficulty of the game.

There isn’t any need to call “FOUR” since only putters are used in this version.

The distances are too short (usually about 10 yards) to use any of the other clubs in golf.

The courses are made mostly of concrete or artificial turf so there are no divots to replace, either! The game is also known mini-golf, midget golf, putt putt and peewee golf.

Some of the more challenging miniature golf courses have waterfalls, caverns and castles with drawbridges as part of their obstacle course.

What to do:

Take the family to your local miniature golf course and have a fun-filled day!

Everyone has one or has someone who is like a mother to them.

On the second Sunday in May, we honor those women who are our mothers.

Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what most moms really want is to be surrounded by the love of their family.

Knowing the people they love are safe, sound and healthy is a mom’s number one priority.

What to do:

Remember to put mom first on Mother’s Day and relax as your children take care of you.

HISTORY

Mother’s Day has been celebrated around the world since, well, since motherhood.

In the United States, Julia Ward Howe inspired the first movement toward a national Mother’s Day during the Civil War.

Appealing to the public for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” after witnessing the devastation left by war, Howe went on an international crusade.

While her efforts never gained formal recognition for an official observance, she was acknowledged posthumously in 1988 for her achievements and her efforts for women’s rights.

It was in 1905 when Mother’s Day was finally introduced successfully by Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis who had followed Howe’s campaign and had pursued her own volunteer efforts during the Civil War.

Her mother died May 9, 1905, and she missed her greatly. She started a dedicated letter writing campaign to declare an official Mother’s Day. Through Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the first Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908.

This day, to honor Anna Jarvis’s mother grew into a National Observance until in 1911 every state participated.

Soon it was spreading internationally and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.

On May 15th, we recognize a morsel of a thing.  It’s National Chocolate Chip Day!

Have you ever wondered if an ingredient would work in a recipe? It is hard to imagine where we would be without the invention of chocolate chips.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts must have been curious what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies.

While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.

The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging.

In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate.  The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn.

Nestle initially included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars. Starting in 1941,  Nestle and other competitors started selling the chocolate in chip or morsel form.

Semi-sweet was the original flavor of chocolate chips.  Today the chocolates come in bittersweet, semi-sweet, mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white and dark swirled.

The imagination is the only thing limiting what recipes chocolate can be used. Today chocolate chips are used in a variety of baking methods from sweet to savory.

Had Ruth Graves Wakefield never wondered what a few chopped up chunks of chocolate would be like in her baking, we wouldn’t even have chocolate chip cookies.

May 16 of each year honors National Love a Tree Day.

On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the wonderful gift that they are to us. National Love a Tree Day is in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month.

Most species of trees tend to be long-lived. There are actually some trees that live to be several thousand years old.

The tallest known tree is 379 ft. tall.

Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day.

They play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as give us oxygen.

Large quantities of carbon are stored in their tissues as trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

What to do:

Trees are a vital part of nature.  This is a good day to plant a new tree or spend some time enjoying the beauty of the trees that are all around you

National Cherry Cobbler Day is dedicated every May 17th to the delicious tart dessert that many enjoy with ice cream.

In the United States, cobbler refers to a variety of dishes that consist of a fruit filling (cherry being a popular choice ) covered with a batter, biscuit or pie crust that is then baked.  Some cobblers have both a top and bottom crust.

Cobblers originated in the early British American colonies.

It was because of the lack of suitable ingredients and proper cooking equipment that the English settlers were unable to make their traditional suet puddings, so to improvise, they covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked biscuits or dumplings.

A cherry cobbler differs from a crisp as a cobbler lacks oatmeal. Sometimes the cobbler is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day.  This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine.

There are two options for this day.  You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat.

Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware.  To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.

What to do:

Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils.

Each year on the third Friday in May, millions of pizza lovers across the nation join in extolling the qualities of pizza on National Pizza Party Day.

Celebrate by inviting friends and family to share a night of fun at your favorite pizzeria.

Another way to celebrate is with a homemade pizza with fresh toppings or by having one delivered.

  • In ancient Greece, Greeks enjoyed bread covered with oils, herbs, and cheese.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie. 
  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.

Every May 20 National Pick Strawberries Day is observed.   There is something special about the taste of a sun-warmed strawberry picked straight off of the vine.

Strawberry picking time is usually between late April and throughout the summer, depending on what part of the United States you live. When harvesting strawberries, you want to look for the bright red, firm and plump ones.

  • Strawberries are members of the rose family
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside
  • Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C
  • Strawberries are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of fiber, folic acid and potassium
  • Strawberries help can help fight bad cholesterol and may reduce inflammation
  • The first strawberries were grown in France in the late 18th century.  Prior to the 18th century, wild strawberries were collected and commonly used as a fruit source.

What to do:

Enjoy some freshly picked strawberries and other treats with the kids.

Kids, you work hard every day.  It’s time to show your parents just how hard you work.  After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day!

Outdoor play offers the obvious benefit of physical activity helping to build strong muscles and bones.  It also engages the child’s imagination which contributes to developing creativity as well as self-confidence.

But, a child’s work doesn’t stop there.  Playing with others includes games, focus, and attention.  As a result, playing teaches leadership and negotiation skills.  The more children play, the healthier, smarter and happier they are.

Include all these benefits with National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day, and the value of play is increased exponentially because the whole family is involved.

What to do:

Find the closest playground and take your parents to work.

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HISTORY

PDPlay first founded Take Your Parents to the Playground Day on April 4, 2009, to motivate children to get outdoors and take their parents to their workplace.

Take Your Parents to the Playground Day follows Children & Nature Awareness Month, an event established by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to call attention to the importance of providing opportunities for all children to experience frequent, regular play in natural outdoor settings.

National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day provides an excellent opportunity to continue the initiative’s message with families throughout the year.

May 22nd is the day we recognize National Vanilla Pudding Day.  Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.

The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables.

Most medieval puddings were meat based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened, they were usually served hot.

Toward the end of the 18th century, puddings were more likely made from a grains or day old bread with nuts, fruit or meats. These puddings were used to stretch meals for a large family.

The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but spouses who are chemists are the inventor.

When you are Alfred Bird and your wife is allergic to eggs, that is very true. In 1837, Bird invented an egg-free custard powder using flavored cornstarch.

The earliest packaged pudding in the United States was marketed by My-T-Fine in 1918.  This and other puddings like them still required cooking on the stove.

The instant version came along in the mid-1940s.  On its own or as an ingredient in a larger recipe, pudding can be enjoyed in a variety of flavors.

What to do:

Give the following creamy vanilla pudding recipes a try:

Homemade Vanilla Pudding
Moms Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Delight Cake
Dessert Pizza

National Lucky Penny Day is observed each year on May 23rd.

 

See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck.

When you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies.  It just might be your lucky day!

Years ago a penny was able to buy something.

(Check out National Taffy Day – to see what we used to get for a penny.)

Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much of anything. The metal value and cost of minting pennies exceed their face value.

Many nations have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States.

1793 – The first pennies in the United States were made of copper.

What to do:

See how many pennies you can find! Make it a game with the kids to find as many as they can.

Marked annually on May 24, National Scavenger Hunt Day is set aside as a day to enjoy the good ol’ fashioned fun of a scavenger hunt.

American gossip columnist, author, songwriter and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

A scavenger hunt is a game where teams are challenged to “scavenge” for a list of odd items. Participants are not allowed to buy the objects and depending on where the hunt takes place may have to beg, barter or work for them.

Some scavenger hunts add riddles to each item increasing the difficulty of the game.  The team with the most items, or the first to complete the list, wins.

What to do:

Scavenger hunts have become popular at weekend get-togethers, parties, family gatherings and holidays.

However, this would be a great day to have a scavenger hunt at the office or put one together for the neighborhood kids and let the fun begin

National Brown-Bag-It-Day is observed each year on May 25.

Taking your lunch to work or school is an effective way to save money and to ensure you and your family are eating healthy.

If a refrigerator is available, there are more options.  Yogurt, salads, cottage cheese and leftovers can all be stored until lunch time.

Insulated lunchboxes with an ice-pack are also an option when a refrigerator is not available.

When neither is an option, there are still many health choices such as peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein bars.

A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.

Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day.

The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun.  It is important for everyone to remember to use sun protection and sun safety practices.

Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us.

We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun.

Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.

Skin cancer is curable if it is found early.  Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles.  See your doctor if you have any concerns.  Be safe!

For more information see: http://skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day

What to do:

Make sure to use sunscreen and teach your children how important it is to protect their skin.

HISTORY

National Don’t Fry Day was created by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

May 27 calls for warm weather and sunshine so we can recognize National Grape Popsicle Day.

In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda.

Upon going inside, he left it there on the porch with the stirring stick still in it.  That night the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.

Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball where it was a huge success.

Then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California.  Epperson applied for a patent in 1924 for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop.  He then renamed it “Popsicle“.

Popsicles are one of summertime’s favorite treats for kids of all ages. National Grape Popsicle Day honors one of the most popular flavors!

National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28.

This day celebrates a summer-time grilling favorite and National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month.

Hamburger.  Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sauteed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, or cheese.

Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger.

It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States.

The world’s largest hamburger was prepared on September 2, 2012, in Carlton, Minnesota by Black Bear Casino Resort and weighed in at 2,014 pounds.

National Paperclip Day is observed each year on May 29.

Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. It is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized.

While there are much earlier claims to the invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867.

The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric. However, U.S. patent 64,088 recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.

There were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899. One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877.

At that time, his clip was advertised for use in fastening newspapers.

The Gem paperclip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870s by The Gem Manufacturing Company, was never patented.

It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today.  It was introduced to the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips.  Paperclips are still sometimes called “Gem clips.”

Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.

Paperclips are not just for holding papers together. There are many other things that you can do with them!

  • Replace a zipper tab
  • Unclog a spray bottle
  • Unclog a single serve coffee maker
  • Hem holder
  • Emergency hooks for broken necklaces

Recognized each year on May 30 is National Water a Flower Day.

This time of year, our flower gardens should be in full bloom.

Be sure to keep them hydrated. Not just one, but all of them.

On National Water a Flower Day, it is also an opportunity to care for the gardens of those who may be home-bound or in the hospital. The time to visit a friend who may need some cheering up by bringing them some freshly watered flowers.

National Speak in Complete Sentences Day is observed annually on May 31st.

This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking.

In fact, you could celebrate the day while texting as well.

So no LOL or ASAP on May 31.

So if you must Laugh Out Loud As Soon As Possible, you will need to say or type it out completely.

 

 

I love this list for May days so much. It is my favorite of this series so far. So much great stuff to do with the family.

I hope you have found a few activities that you can do, and enjoy, with your family.

If you have enjoyed this post please leave a comment or share on your social media.

I hope you have a healthy and happy May!!

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Parenting Differences: Then and Now

Parenting Differences:

Then and Now

Considering I am only 33 I don’t have very much knowledge of the parenting differences in the past 50 years. I was wondering what the big differences were from then to now. I decided to take a survey and do a little research to see how different the styles of parenting really are now.

Why do we have a fixation with parenting?

One possible explanation comes from the issues parents face in raising children in today’s society.

The media regularly report national statistics such as:

  • every 1 second a public high school student is suspended
  • every 9 seconds a child drops out of school
  • every 4 minutes a child is arrested for drugs
  • every 3 hours a child is a homicide victim

Parents are also frequently reminded by the media that child-rearing issues faced in the 1950s—such as children chewing gum in class, talking out of turn, and not cleaning their rooms—have been replaced with more serious issues such as drug addiction, suicide, violence, and teen pregnancy.

These messages can scare parents into the perception that parenting styles and methods today are more important than in past generations. Concerns about the importance of parenting in today’s society are strongly reinforced through our exposure to prevention efforts in the areas of drug abuse, violence, and teen pregnancy.

While parents should play a critical role in prevention efforts, these ideas indirectly suggest parents are the cause of many of the problems facing youth today.

The “parents are to blame” belief is further reinforced in the way the media portrays modern parenting styles.

Television has moved from Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver to more controversial programs such as South Park, The Simpsons, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It is no wonder that many in our society perceive parents as unable to “control” youth.

 

What do you Think?

I asked on my various social media platforms what other moms thought about this subject, And reflected on their answers.

Here are some of their answers:

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The Coffee Mom commented:

“…one of the biggest changes is that, we as parents are more involved with our children. Especially fathers now are more loving and involved, many are even SAHD (stay at home dads)

My thoughts on this specific comment:

I do agree to a point. I also think that the reasoning behind those SAHD is more the effect of those men not being able to find a job, and not having another choice but to let their wives/SO become the sole bread winner. Which, some people might think is a good thing, I believe that its easier for women to be the stay at home partner (not because I think women “should” be the domestic) but, because we are the nurturer and its ingrained in us to be the homemaker.

Rebekah Martin from My Circus My Monkeys commented:

“…the amount of freedom and independence we give (or don’t give) to our children…. I remember riding my bike around for hours and just had to be home for dinner.

My thoughts on this: Yes, I completely agree with this comment. Even just about 15 years ago I remember being able to go outside for hours at a time. I would have to be in the house by the time the street lights came on at night. Nowadays, there are almost no children out riding bikes or hanging with friends.

Marielle Petkoff from The Resplendent commented:

“I think technology is the biggest difference. It affects so many aspects of parenting and the way children are raised. … With everything on the news and Facebook, we are much more of a fear-driven society.”

My thoughts: I also agree with Marielle. This day and age we are bombarded with news stories of missing and abducted children. It is so easy to be afraid and just keep our little ones close to us. They need to be able to be children and explore and learn the world.

Amaris Bannon Beecher from Crumbs and Glamour commented:

“More couples probably stayed together. I wish the divorce rate was lower. Children need both parents at home.”

My thoughts: While I agree very much with this comment. Having both parents together would be ideal, it is just not possible. Staying together for the kids is probably what most couples did back then. But, when two people are no longer happy together the tensions can be very high. Arguing in front of children was a big problem back then. While it is very sad divorce is a necessary part of life.

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@stephanielovelacehome says:

“chores are far less extensive and physically demanding, boredom is more prevalent”

My thoughts: Absolutely! I remember not being able to go out on any night, let alone a school night, if my homework/chores were not done. Also, on a side note, if I claimed to be sick and didn’t go to school, my butt was NOT going outside at all that day.

@simplymaderecipes says:

“I wish parents would be more strict nowadays like my parents and grandparents were”

My thoughts: YES! Parents these days want to be their childs “friends”. And hang out with them. Go get mani/pedi’s while sipping on vente Starbucks half caff latte’s or whatever. I am not my child’s friend, I am her parent and I will treat her as such until the day I die. I will always know better no matter how old she gets. 🙂

@jahoag15 says:

“I like that we don’t force kids to finish their plates… we need to teach them to listen to their bodies when they are full.

My thoughts: Yes, I always tell Allie that she needs to eat a little bit of everything. Then I ask her twice if she is sure she is done. In my opinion forcing children to eat forms a negative relationship with food and can lead to a problem in the future.

@21flavorsofsplendor says:

“kids being able to play outside all day and you didn’t have to worry”

My thoughts: Agree (refer back to Rebekah Martin’s comment from FB)

@lifeofaministermom says:

“I think there are a lot of people with the perception that discipline is somehow cruel and there are so many children that are entitled because rules aren’t enforced”

My thoughts: Yes, completely! This says it all.

@lifeofaministermom says:

“I think there has been a definite decline in the respect department”

My thought: Yes, the lack of discipline and structure these days has led to children disrespecting any type of authority figure, especially their own parents”

@undeniably_tk says:

“I wish that parents spent more time with their kids and not so much time allowing electronics babysit them.

My thoughts: I absolutely agree. It is very sad the way technology has taken over for parenting these days.

 

 

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@dawnjdmb says:

“Kids are exposed to too many things way to early”

My thoughts: I agree. This day and age there are way to many “adult” type things that we are giving to our young children.

I did some research on the effects of societal changes in the past 50 years and here is what I learned.

 

There is a trend for families to live very disconnected lives in our society. The factors that lead to this trend, include:

  1. young families moving away from extended family members;
  2. the increased rate of single parents; and
  3. free time limitations due to the work schedules of dual-income or single-parent families.

We as parents spend more time working to provide for our children’s basic needs and less time providing for their emotional needs. Because of this, we are participating less in social and community activities and interacting less with family members and friends. Which means we are receiving less emotional and mental support in raising our children.

It is important to remember that, in addition to parenting, children are impacted by various influences occurring at the individual, family, community, and social level. Parenting is not solely at the family level but within a larger network of interdependent sections. Parenting and families do not develop independently, and they typically reflect the problems of the larger society.

Whether at the individual or social level, stress can negatively impact parenting. Parenting styles are also influenced by the popular advice of the times. There have been several parenting experts who have influenced large numbers of parents. Social factors such as politics, religion, and media often influence the advice provided by experts. Thus, the advice offered by experts is often conflicting, and parents are left confused by the different advice they are offered.

We all deal with stress on a day to day basis. When we think of the effect of stress on people in general, we think of problems like headaches, hypertension, heart attacks, increased smoking/drinking, strokes, and various other medically related problems. But, stress can also have a large effect on parenting.

Actually, stress may be a major contributing factor to many of the parenting changes occurring in our society. Because of this, it is clear parenting in today’s society is occurring in an increasingly stressful atmosphere.

Parenting stress inducing points include:

  • high workloads

  • low social support

  • negative life events

  • daily hassles

  • and difficult child temperament

Parenting stress coincides with:

  1. inconsistent parenting (lax or overcompensating)
  2. more negative communication
  3. decreased monitoring/supervision of children
  4. setting unclear rules and limits on children’s behavior
  5. being more reactive and less proactive and
  6. increasingly harsh discipline

As the stress increases, the parent-child relationship suffers, and we are less involved with our children. Parent-child relationships often become more problematic when parents are stressed by minor “daily-hassle” events.

 

My final thought:

It is easy to be critical of other parents and their efforts; but, there is much more involved than simply they must not care or are obviously doing the “wrong thing.” This parenting thing is difficult under the best of circumstances. For more and more parents these days, the stresses in our society are making it very difficult to parent effectively. It is important to remember that parenting occurs within the context of a society, not in isolation, and parenting problems often reflect society’s problems. And, we all know how that is currently working out.

So, the next time you see a mom in the grocery store in pajamas or in line at Starbuck’s with a child on her hip, remember we are all in this together. Don’t judge her because you don’t know her story.

We all need to start loving each other instead of spreading so much hate.

It doesn’t matter what decade we are in or what country we come from or what religion we worship or the color of our skin, we love our children with every fiber of our being.

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who was becoming a first time mom this year, what would it be and Why do you think that advice is important?

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

A Final Goodbye to 2016: Family Year Review

Family Year Review of the things we have been doing for the past year.

Around this time of the holiday season I find myself thinking over this past year as sort of a family year in review.

So many things happen in the short span of a year. We seem to easily forget and/or rush through many of these things. It is a nice exercise to go back and reminisce on our experiences with family and friends.

In the spirit of the Holidays, I got to thinking about the things we have done this year. I would like to share with everyone my experiences.

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In February, for Valentine’s Day, Allie’s daddy took mommy to the Art Museum. I really enjoyed it. The talent of these artists through the years is so inspiring. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go again.

 

We got a hotel room for the night in a very swanky place. We ordered room service and watched a few movies. While Allie was hanging out with mom-mom for the night. It was a much needed time of relaxation and fun.

 

The next thing for this year is that I started this blog on March 9. It is still greatly in its infancy. But, I take it in stride because everyone works at their own pace. I can do this in my own time. Mostly, I get distracted by this pretty face.

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But she is obviously a welcome distraction. She is of course my reason for this blog.

Early in the year was very relaxing and we did not have much to do the first couple of months. Although, we were preparing for a Wedding. Allie was the Flower girl in Uncle Andrew and Aunt Kait’s Wedding on April 2. She did such a great job!!!

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Then on May 21, 2016 my baby girl turned 2!

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Our little girl is growing up so fast. She has greatly exceeded our expectations. Allie is so very smart at just over 2 1/2 years (31 months).

Next, we had planned to move out and into our own place around the middle of June. That plan had fallen through at the last minute. We are still living with Allie’s daddy’s mom. We do plan on getting our own place in the not to distant future. Right now we are saving money.

A few months go by and we have a pretty relaxing time.

Then we went to a 4th of July (also happens to be my birthday) party. My mom and niece watched Allie so we could have a good time without worrying.

I had such a good time that I neglected to take any pictures. That I am very sad about…

Then a little more time goes by, hanging out with my beautiful little girl.

        

 

Then, we went to the zoo a few times. Allie and mommy really love the zoo, especially the giraffes.

 

Then, Halloween snuck up on us so quick.

We went to a Halloween party similar to the 4th of July party,  only we wore costumes and it was at night. 🙂 Also had a good time that I didn’t take any pictures. Again, I am very sad about it.

Allie had a really fun time Trick or Treating this year. She walked up to almost every house with daddy close behind. Said Trick or Treat and Thank you to everyone.

If you give Allie more than one thing at a time, she will take 1 at a time and say thank you after each one. So, needless to say, any house that we went to who thought she was the cutest kitty decided to give her 4 or 5 pieces of candy. So for almost a full 40 seconds she would stand there taking one at a time and putting it in her bag. Every person got such a kick out of it.

She also had to pet every dog that was any where near her at any given time.

Allie was dressed up like a pretty Kitty Cat (Allie Cat). She loved her costume very much.

    

Thanksgiving is pretty much the same every year. We go to my brothers and have a great dinner that his wife cooks. She is a great cook!

Then we go shopping on black Friday. This year, just like last year, we got almost everything on our list. We had just a few more things to purchase for our family and friends.

Christmas Eve came and we went to my brothers for the gift exchange to the nieces and nephews. Allie got some great toys from her Aunt’s and Uncles, also a very nice Princess Castle from Mom-Mom.

Christmas Day lasted two days for Allie’s Daddy’s side of our big family. We all got some great gifts and enjoyed spending time with each other.

This year has been a whirlwind of ups and downs. Everyone has their own experiences. Most of the year has been very pleasant and enjoyable.

A scrapbook for all your memories each year. Scrapbooking is a great way to save your pictures, trinkets and, keepsakes in a cute way. Especially when you have little ones.

This is my scrapbook page for Halloween. Not much going on because I just like the simple look sometimes.

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Christmas this year was so much fun! Allie really got into the opening of presents. She still asks if we have any more presents for her. “More presents for me now?”.

 

The Things I enjoyed this year

From blogs to songs to quotes to Pinterest boards

These are all the things I have loved this year

In no special order

Blogs:

I have listed a lot of these in my blogs to follow posts but they are such great blogs that they stand another mention:

Mom Advice – specifically her Notebook that she posts every Wednesday about the things she has done that week

Lady and the Blog – especially everything

The Every Girl – I love her Coffee Talk under the Wellness category

Modern Mom – Anything under her Parenting category

Vintage Revivals – I check out this blog when I’m looking for décor inspiration

Okay, I am going to preface this with something. I am a 33 year old woman with a 2 1/2 year old daughter. That being said, I hate “adulting”.  So, I hold on to some seemingly “young”? things.

And, as such….. I am completely “fan girling” over this guy.  (fan girl: behave in an obsessive or overexcited way).

Ladies, I am not kidding right now. I commented on 2 of his Instagram posts and HE LIKED MY COMMENTS.

This is a normal everyday guy who just happens to be known pretty well for his Vines. Also, He is a very talented rapper outside of that. He also has a Snapchat that I check constantly. (hence fan girl).

J. Cyrus…….

Check him out!

Quotes

Always the #1: “This too shall pass” my mom

“Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive”

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”

“Everyday brings new choices”

Allie’s Mommy and Daddy’s song:

 

 

I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions…

Why wait for a certain day to better your life? If you have something about yourself that you personally do not like, then do the things you need to do to change it now.

We all need to look at ourselves and evaluate the things that make us happy or bring us down. If there are things in our lives that do not help us move forward we need to move past those things. Life is more precious and important than what hinders us. Whether it be a person or an object or a habit. Take back your life.

Here is to hoping that 2017 is all that you need and want!!!

 

 

What is the one thing that you experienced this past year that you enjoyed the most??

I hope everyone has a happy healthy New Year!

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Random list of the things I know I don’t know

A Random list of things I just don’t know

I’m not ashamed, I’m human

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail”

Random list of things I don’t know.

If you don’t know… you can learn.

I have realized recently, that I have been going about this blogging thing all wrong.

I have been trying to portray a personality of knowing much more that I actually do. In doing so, I sounded fake and uninteresting,

I have decided to re-do what I shouldn’t have done in the first place.

Also, I would like to apologize to anyone who may have read my blog in the past. I know it must have been excruciating to get through. I know that you did it in order to be nice and give feedback. I greatly appreciate it.

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So, in order to make amends, I would like to explain the things I do NOT know.

First, I am doing this in the “stream of consciousness” style. While I am writing this a few days before it will be published, I will not be editing excessively. I want to show all of you the real me.

I am not in any way an expert blogger. I learn new things every day. I don’t want to act like I have it all together anymore. BecauseI most certainly do not.

This is me. I’m here for all of you. I want to help other SAHM’s like me, the best I can.

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If you are here to genuinely help me and learn with me every day, Thank you so much!

I love being a mom and a homemaker. I try very hard to do the right thing for my little family.

If you get through this post and you realize that you are like me, please subscribe. It would help me out a lot.

I have been doing this for about 8 months and I have 1 subscriber.

I have put a heck of a lot of work into this blog and I want to be able to help people with it.

Enough about what I want.

Random List of…

Things I DON’T know…. yet

1- Schedules:

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  • I do not handle schedules well.
  • I couldn’t even tell you the last time I actually followed a schedule. High school maybe.
  • Schedules with a toddler is just so funny to me.
  • How do mothers with a young child, especially those with more than one, stick to a strict schedule?
  • I just can’t.
  • It is very rare when I wake up before 8 in the morning. (and I have a 2-year-old)

2- Diet:

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  • Huh?
  • My diet is horrible
  • If you don’t believe me- ask my love handles and saddle bags (as my mom likes to point out frequently)
  • I barely have enough time/energy to cook the food let alone make fresh/organic meals
  • Don’t judge me, monkey.
  • It’s not all bad, I eat fruits and veggies on a regular basis
  • But, if you tell me I’m supposed to have 4-6 servings of each a day, I’m gonna laugh in your face.
  • Cause, who actually does that?

3- Exercise:

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  • My exercise routine consists of going up and down the steps a few times a day in order to get the laundry done.
  • Maybe I’ll take Allie for a walk to the park if its warm outside.
  • Other than that, I don’t do much of anything.

4- Blogging:

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  • Yup. I have no idea what I am doing.
  • I want to learn everything I can so I can offer a great resource.
  • I love doing this
  • I need to buckle down and do it right.
  • My heart is completely in it

5- Socializing:

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  • I don’t do it by choice
  • I have not been diagnosed
  • But, I have some sort of anxiety problem
  • I get very anxious around large groups of people
  • I tend to avoid social situations in any way possible
  • I do not answer the phone if I don’t now whois calling
  • A lot of the time I don’t call ANYONE, EVEN IF I know them
  • My Anxiety is hard to explain
  • Most of the time I don’t even know the cause of my panic attacks

6- Working:

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  • The only job I’ve ever had was at a boy scout camp working in the kitchen as a salad prep/special needs liaison/cook
  • The reason for this goes back to my anxiety with social situations
  • I have extremely bad panic attacks when dealing with anything that has to do with talking to strangers.
  • Especially, in a professional capacity
  • Which is why I need this blog to be successful
  • This is my chance to contribute to my little family and take some of the stress off of my SO
  • Right now he is paying for everything I need to make my blog better
  • He has been paying for it for the past 8 months
  • And everything else we need

7- Life:

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  • It’s difficult, to say the least
  • Life can cut you down when you least expect it.
  • I try to Get up and keep going
  • It will get better
  • My mom always says… “This to shall passs”
  • I hang on that hope every day

 

And that was the random list :/

 

This has been very hard for me to get through. I can only hope by putting myself out here to you, I can get some feedback and really start helping other moms like me.

The one thing in my life that I know I am doing right is raising my beautiful daughter.

Allie is my everything and without her, I would be lost. She gives me purpose. She wakes me with a smile every day. “Mommy, I’m awake!”

Everything I do is for Allie. Which is why I named my blog Allie’s Mommy. Being her mother is the one thing I am completely confident about. No one can take that away! She is my heart and soul.

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Thank you so much for being here with me.

Is there anything in this post that you can relate to? Let me know in the comments and maybe we can help each other.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Consciousness on the fly, what more can I say

Stream of Consciousness…. on the fly…. I have no other words…

 

First of all, I am going to apologize in advance for this post.

Reasons:

  1. I did not prepare for this post at all
  2. I am going to jump around to so many different topics
  3. I am not in a great mood so this might get dark
  4. My head hurts
  5. Some other reasons that I may or may not explain in a later post

Crazy……

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The News:

The crap that is going on in America these last few months is appalling! I can not even imagine how the families are dealing with the loss of their loved ones.

I am livid!!! Something has got to be done to educate these police officers better. I don’t know what else could be the problem other than lack of knowledge on how to properly handle a situation. Whether it be to deescalate or to know when someone is actually a threat.

Right now I don’t know all of the information about all of the cases but I do know that most of the people who were killed were not armed, therefor should not have been shot at all. Whether they had a record is irrelevant. The system is set up so each person gets their fair trial. These people were not given that chance.

This situation will never resolve itself until everyone admits that we have a problem!

I have no words for this.

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Weather:

For the moment,  just want to make a statement on this weather we are experiencing here in Pennsylvania. It is so damn hot I can’t even take Allie outside to play in the backyard. What the heck mother nature?!!!???!

Moving on…

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Life:

I don’t know what to say about this in particular. A lot of things going on are very private right now. But, I know in the future they will be in a post anyway. For right now I am not comfortable saying anything.

On another note Allie has been so cute lately. Its like she takes in everything she sees and repeats it in the cutest way possible.

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Example:

The other night we went over Daddy’s brother’s/and wife’s house to visit. Allie loved the marble floor so much that she was tip toeing and tapping around laughing and having a great time. Then she saw the bathroom and said “Mommy go pee-pee?” We all died laughing. Then right as we were about to leave she says, “So guys, I’ll see you another time!” with a huge smile on her face. She had never said that before 🙂

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Giveaway:

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In the next few days I will be doing a giveaway on my Facebook page. I am giving away Shane Dawson’s new book that just came out. It gets Worse.

More info on my FB page Allie’s Mommy Blog https://www.facebook.com/alliesmommy7/

Shane is a hilarious YouTube star whom I absolutely love. I cant explain to you how amazing he is, you’ll have to go check him out for yourself. (Warning: he is off the cuff and somewhat vulgar so beware).

https://www.youtube.com/user/shane/featured

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Let’s put some more happy in this:

 

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I need this especially this week.

 

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Love this quote and the image is cute as well 🙂

 

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Every problem is an opportunity… very positive 🙂

 

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Save the drama for your mama 🙂 (sorry in a silly mood now)

 

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The road is long and winding but if you relax and enjoy the ride the destination no longer matters.

 

Information for the very near future of my blog:

I am going to be posting only one post a week. I have chosen Wednesday. I made this choice because I would like to be able to concentrate on a post and make it the best it can be instead of trying to cram two posts in a week and have mediocre content.

I am working on building my subscribers and making new and interesting newsletters for all of my readers. Hopefully, I can accomplish what I want to do fairly quickly.

Thank you so much for reading and being here for me.

Any advice you could give for interesting content within the Sahm/Homemaker niche would be great. Also, anything you would like to know about. Any ideas would be great.

Also, I could answer any questions you might have pertaining to being a first time SAHM.

Have a great day!!!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Zoo of Philadelphia: A family trip to the Zoo

Zoo Trip:

Hello all! I hope you are all staying cool on this very hot day.

Today Mommy Daddy and Allie took a trip to the zoo. Might have been a bad idea with the heat. But, Allie had a good time. That is all I really care about anyway.

A little about The Philadelphia Zoo:

“The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.35 million visitors last year.

Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March 21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was another 15 years before America’s first zoo was ready to open.

It opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and the Zoo’s location, are the same today as they were on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and now, is John Penn’s home, The Solitude, which sat on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia’s most precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.

On opening day, flags flew, and a brass band welcomed more than 3,000 visitors. Admission was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children, a rate that held for the next half century. Visitors came on foot, on streetcars, by horse and carriage, and every 15 minutes by steamboat on the Schuylkill River, landing at the Zoo’s own wharf. The Girard Avenue Bridge opened three days later.

Since the early 1700s, the idea of an American zoo was inspired by English settlers with a keen interest in wildlife and by sailors and hunters who returned from faraway lands with exotic animals they’d never seen before. People would gather and pay shillings to see animals such as lions and elephants displayed at places like general stores and museums. As a hub of scientific inquiry and discovery over many years, Philadelphia’s well-known leaders of the time began to formulate the idea of a zoo. In the mid-1850’s, a prominent Philadelphia physician, Dr. William Camac-the Zoo’s founding father-became involved and led the way to making America’s first zoo a reality.

In its first year of operation, it had 813 animals and received well over 228,000 visitors. Today, the Zoo has more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, and its attendance is approximately 1.35 million visitors a year.”

 

I got a lot of great pictures this time. Most of the other times we went to the zoo, we weren’t able to see a lot of the smaller animals. This time I got some good pictures of little furry guys I really wanted to see.

 

We have a membership and we all love the animals so we usually go about 2-3 times a month weather permitting. Animals are so beautiful 🙂

 

Here we go….

 

This was Allie and mommy while we were getting ready to go.

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The lion statue outside of the Zoo is really cool

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Cute little meerkats 🙂

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This one was so cute rolling around in the dirt.

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The Giraffe just happens to be one of my favorite animals

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Canada Lynx

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Very tired Red Panda

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This was the first time we even got to see these guys at all. I was very excited to get their picture even though they were sleeping 🙂

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Hippo!!!

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These guys are very smart to stay under the water

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More Giraffes

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Look at that rhino 🙂

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Such a pretty Zebra!

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Here’s looking at you, kid.

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Philadelphia Zoo Balloon

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Silly bear

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Lazy Tiger day

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Look at her face. She is such a beautiful lion!

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Really cool statue made of recycled objects

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Lovely Lions

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Lucky Lemurs 🙂

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Amazing Orangutan 🙂

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Silly guy wearing a bowl on his head 🙂

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I’m not sure exactly what these guys are :/

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Gorilla dudes

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I was waiting for this guy to turn around but he didn’t want to 🙂

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He seems so deep in thought 🙂

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I feel like he looked into my soul 🙂

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Lemurs again

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Turtles!!!

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So big!

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Enjoying the water fountain

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Spider monkies

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So that is all for today. I will definitely do this type of post again. I love documenting a trip like this and sharing it.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hope I didn’t bore you to much.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

 

P.S. Let me know what topics you would like to read about in the future, Always open to new ideas. 🙂

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.