Cheap Halloween Crafts!

First, I’d like to say if anyone would like ideas from books, the best place to look would be your local library. As long as you have a library card (which are free to obtain), you can check out books of all sorts for free!

I love free stuff, and honestly I believe free things are something hard to come by. Usually if something is free, there is a catch to it….

Anyway, this is the book my son wanted to get at the library around Halloween time. He insisted on us making Halloween crafts, so we did 🙂

It is called Make Yourself a Monster! A Book of Creepy Crafts by Kathy Ross.

One of the many crafts his little brain wanted to do consisted of bats. My son loves bats and vampires, or vampire bats especially lol. I know I’m going to miss this stage in his life! I wished I could just win the lottery so I was able to stay home with him and his sister and not have to work to pay my bills, but it is what it is…..

We made our bats and ghosts the same, because it was easy and more convenient for us. The pictures below are of the bats and ghosts we had made. My son loved them and had to show them to everyone!

These are the instructions to make the bat(s) on a twig using a piece of yarn or string.

This is the pattern for the ghost on a popsicle stick!

There are many different kinds of easy, cheap crafts to do in this book! It also has the patterns in it to make the bat, ghost, Dracula necklace, etc. If your hunting for a crafty Halloween book I would suggest this one.

Messes and Kids

I’ve been catching myself here lately wondering if mothers become immune to messes? I’m not just talking about the dirty diapers or they had an accident on themselves. I’m also talking about my house being a mess…I try to keep my house clean, but with a total of seven people in our family some days that is nearly impossible to do.

Our living room is hardly ever without toys. The laundry takes me a couple of days to do, and then when I finally finish I’ve got to do it over again. When I sweep and mop, give it a few hours you could hardly even tell I cleaned.

Many people think that a stay-at- home parent is an easy task with our feet up watching television all day. If that’s what anyone thinks, they have been watching waaayyy too much reality TV.

I understand my husband works hard for our family. I know he does, but there have been days where I would trade a day with him to get a break. Don’t get me wrong, some if the things he does at his job I know couldn’t do. It’s just the break I would like to get…

I know one day, hopefully soon because my bills won’t pay themselves, I’ll have a job and miss all the times that all I done was pick up messes. I think every start-at- home parent needs a break. We get breaks from our jobs, and being a stay-at- home parent is no different. It’s a job we do out of love without pay.

I know this sounds like I’m just complaining, but being a mother sometimes feels like I’m on a merry-go-round doing the same thing. I love my family and children and wouldn’t trade them for any of the riches of this world. I love what God has given me and each day I try to be grateful for what He has given me.

I need to do as 1 Chronicles 16 states to seek the Lord first. I know if I put the Lord first my worries and frustrations wouldn’t be that troublesome.

Two to Tango with easy Pork Chop recipe

Adding to our family was an exciting time.  Little did I know two kids are a handful.  Our son was born in Iowa in 2013.  Due to my husband’s job we moved many different places before we settled back in our home state of Tennessee a couple of years ago.  Moving from state to state with my child and my step-children was not an easy task.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the idea of seeing our beautiful country.  The United States has eight distinct physiographic divisions.  You can read more about the geography of the U.S. on Wikipedia.  Living in the mountains and mid-west was a great experience.  Not only did we get the ability to live in a different region, but we were able to immerse ourselves in different types of individuals with different religions.  I loved getting to understand other religions and how other people lived in different regions.  Along with all the engaging with new surroundings, our children were having to adapt as well.  There are times when it takes children a little longer to adjust and become accustom to their surroundings.

The moving wasn’t easy on my husband.  Even though my step-children would stay with us for the summer, he still had to come home once a month every month to visit them.  He was ready to be closer to his kids, and our son was getting where it was getting longer for him to adapt to environment.

A couple of years after moving back to Tennessee, my husband and I found out we were going to be parents to another beautiful baby.  My husband got the girl he has been wanting to have, and I know when she is older she will be a daddy’s girl.  Since having our second child, the old saying “two is a handful” is something I can relate to.  I am constantly feeling tired, as well as feeling as though I can never get anything done.

Since I still need to cook food for everyone in a state of tiredness, I am always on the look out for quick and easy dinners.  If I cannot put it in the crock pot or it takes longer than 30 minutes to make, the recipe will passed up or thrown to the back of the cookbook.  I choose things that are simple such as McCormick Grill Mates in Smokehouse Maple on some pork chops.

Sprinkle the McCormick seasoning as much or little as you would like and put the item of choice on the grill.  This seasoning gave the meat a sweet smokey flavor.  This was very easy and tasty.