Entertaining Children While in the Hospital Using a Theme for the Day Box

When my niece was about four she had to stay in the hospital for several days for testing. Because of the nature of the testing she would have to spend most of the time in her room. They wouldn’t be able to use a lot of the children’s play areas in the hospital.

We knew that it would be a tough week and wanted to make it as easy as possible. I can’t even imagine. Entertaining children while in the hospital is hard enough; imagine doing it for that long or while being stuck in one room!

So we decided to do a theme for each day and place everything that was needed for that day’s adventure in a box. To make it easier, we assigned each day to different family and friends. The boxes not only had activities but dress up stuff that allowed her to pretend she was somebody else for the day. They all came up with different themes based on some of my niece’s favorite things. For example, one of the other days was a mermaid theme with a mermaid tail! Continue reading

How to Clean Crock Pots the Easy Way

I love my crock pot with all my heart, but so help me I hate to clean it. It is like the universe is making me pay back all the time I saved by using it in the first place. And then they invented those black slow cookers. Whose brain child was that? Those things show every single, miniscule piece of food or scum still left on them. Why not make crock pots beige? That way we could all at least live in a blissful oblivion of what was still stuck on there. Continue reading

Healthy Easter Ideas for Kids

Healthy Easter Ideas for Kids
I used to fill my kids’ Easter baskets crazy full with sugary goodies. But then the guilt would set in and I would quickly take it from them before they could eat it all. The poor things would get all excited about the treats and then disappointed when they could only eat a few. My plan was to slowly dole them out, but honestly I ended up eating most of it later. Continue reading

Corned Beef Mustard Sauce

Growing up St. Patrick’s Day always meant corned beef and cabbage. Boiling meat in a huge pot of water always sounded disgusting to me and it looks terrible, but once it is done it is a coronary-sabotaging piece of perfection.

We always ate it with a mustard sauce that my mom made. The stuff tasted amazing, but you had to be careful not to breath in too deeply. It packs a punch and can totally clean out your sinuses! Maybe it will help clean out my arteries too… When I was little I thought everybody got the sauce, but have since learned that thousands of families have been deprived of this wonderful tradition. So I talked to my mom and she agreed to let me share the recipe here. You lucky ducks! Continue reading

Relief Society Birthday Cake

relief society birthday cake

The Relief Society’s birthday is coming up this March 17th and I had to share this amazing cake that Brenda Calloway made. I have never seen anything quite like it. She is my idol. The queen of fondant!

The Relief Society was formed in 1842 and is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world, with over 5 and a half million members. You can see the Relief Society motto on the cake, “Charity Never Faileth.”

One of my favorite hymns is “As Sisters in Zion” and it sums up perfectly what it means to me to be a member of the Relief Society. I can’t sing it without getting all teary eyed and sappy. I come from a long line of Relief Society members and my life has been blessed as a result. Continue reading

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt

leprechaun-scavenger-huntAfter two years in a row, I guess our Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt is on its way to becoming a tradition!

Last year B– was obsessed with anything having to do with gold or diamonds. When he heard in kindergarten that leprechauns hid gold, he was immediately intrigued. He spent hours grilling me about where they hid their gold and how to find it. We talked at length about how tricky leprechauns were and how hard it would be to find their pot of gold. He reminded me of Artemis Fowl as he plotted and schemed. Continue reading