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Blogger Bloopers — what was your biggest project fail?

12 Jul
It’s so easy to think that everyone has perfect lives, homes, children, projects, food…… in the blog world.

I love it when people show the real side of life. Cheri at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is Keeping it Real with a  fun series on her blog with bloggers showing off their craft fails.

I love it!!! 
And I will be over there later today sharing one of my many craft fails. 
Come over and check out the series — I guarantee it will make you smile. 
And I would LOVE to hear — what was YOUR biggest craft fail??  
xoxo
PS

Come over and chat with me in the Blogfrog CoffeeTalk community!!
It ‘s a great place to socialize and discuss whatever is on your mind.
What’s on my mind this week is — how old do YOU think children should
be when they get their own cell phone?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

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Blogger Bloopers — what was your biggest project fail?

12 Jul
It’s so easy to think that everyone has perfect lives, homes, children, projects, food…… in the blog world.

I love it when people show the real side of life. Cheri at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is Keeping it Real with a  fun series on her blog with bloggers showing off their craft fails.

I love it!!! 
And I will be over there later today sharing one of my many craft fails. 
Come over and check out the series — I guarantee it will make you smile. 
And I would LOVE to hear — what was YOUR biggest craft fail??  
xoxo
PS

Come over and chat with me in the Blogfrog CoffeeTalk community!!
It ‘s a great place to socialize and discuss whatever is on your mind.
What’s on my mind this week is — how old do YOU think children should
be when they get their own cell phone?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

Guest Project — 3 Tips to a More Organized Day {and organization giveaway}

26 Jan
I’m Jenny from the blog, Planner Perfect and am excited to be here on Tatertots and Jello! I’m a homeschooling mom of seven and love keeping my home and life organized.
I’d love to share 3 different things I do in my day that create amazing results! 
When applied, I am in a fabulous mood, have cleanliness, order, and spiritual and mental renewal. Planner Perfect is set-up to keep me on top of my game by harnessing these pinnacle epiphanies in the days when I need them. Written statements of intent create personal growth…and  I need to make these 3 disciplines, habitual…as I have the propensity for scratching my planned days to blog with my pajamas on ’till noon. Of course, I have regret once I look at the aftermath of my neglect… messy dishes scattered throughout the kitchen from children helping themselves to breakfast, Skillet, booming through speakers of an upstairs bedroom, and smaller children blissfully making snow angels out of packing peanuts on my living room floor.
Was pursuing my interests at the expense of chaos worth it? Hardly. No matter what keeps you off track… heed these disciplines and make them a habit because these are 3 habits all Planner Perfect women must keep!
Get up before your children. If I can get some coffee in my system before my 2-year tells me his plans for the morning–I’m starting off well. It is important for moms to have alone time and it is important to plan for it. Also, as you all know, being a mother means you need to always adjust, as things usually never go as planned. Have a plan B such as planning the time for yourself at night when children are asleep.
My initial plan is to have my devotions, look over my planner, and have some coffee in the morning before all seven children come down and hit the ground running. Get it written down, your statement of intent for the day…it’s what sets apart the truly organized and the, not-so-much…
Plan a morning routine and stick to it! Make breakfast, take out the clean dishes out of the dishwasher, and clean up breakfast dishes…don’t forget to recruit your children to help. The kitchen is the main hub of the house, keep this room functioning at it’s best and it will keep you feeling organized. Get dressed, make beds, and whatever else you want your family to get done in the morning. Make it a team effort and write these morning routines in your planner to show you’re serious. You’re half-way there when you write it down. Planner Perfect, harness life plans, beautifully and keeps you organized… it’s all in the details.  
Plan time in your day for your interests. Do you ever have that stressed out feeling in your busy days that you’ll never get to that project you’re working on? Feel that stress no more! When you plan your time slot for yourself…you know it is a saved slot just for you. Depending on where you put it in your day…you could plan to have it out at a coffee shop and arrange babysitting, you can dive in at home and have your kids watch their favorite movie (just make sure they don’t find a box of packing peanuts!), or wait until evening when they are in bed. Whatever energizes you, however you want to achieve it, you won’t be able to without a plan. Plan out in detail not just when in the day you’ll get it done, but how.
Do a quick pick-up of the house before bed. Ever wake up in the morning to a house that looks like you’ve thrown an all-nighter? I have, and it’s a nightmare. One hour before bed, recruit the kids to help, and get the main areas of your home picked up. Make this a habit and your morning just got better.
There you have it! 3 fundamental habits Planner Perfect women must keep.
With just these three…you will be set-up for success in your days.
You can do it! (me too!!)
I am trying to get more organized in 2011 — so this is great advice!! 
Jenny’s is a mom of SEVEN — and her blog has tons of great organizing ideas!! 
 Like: 
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 {Organizing your Tupperware}
Plus — Jenny has a food blog Planner Perfect Meals  — which is dedicated to the tricks and tips on creating homemade foods from scratch, simply.
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Jenny has also created — Planner Perfect, a planning system that helps people stay organized for life!

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And she has a great ebook which shows you how to make your own Planner Perfect system. 
Wow – she is a busy lady!!!
 Jenny is giving a FREE copy of her 
Planner Perfect ebook 
to one of you!!

e-book giveaway


Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book will get you organized. I give tips from party planning, keeping your home clean, relationships, to utilizing you strengths and talents. Planner Perfect harnesses a life that lives to the fullest. Let Planner Perfect be a springboard for your aspirations and dreams.With over 40 beautiful pages, it is a complete guide that takes you step-by-step on how to become all God has designed you to be as well as complete instruction on how to create your very own Planner Perfect.

Learn how to become a master life planner with Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book. Start today, to become all God created you to be and making your dreams a reality.

Here’s how YOU can win:
  • All you need to do is leave a comment with YOUR #1 Organizing Tip!! 
  • And if you want an extra entry, go over to Jenny’s blog, Planner Perfect and follow it or leave a comment!! 
xoxo
PSI’m off to Blissdom!! I’d love to meet you if you are going too!!

Real Life: Dinner Dilemmas

29 Mar
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Dinner time is my most dreaded time of the day. It seems like we are always rushing around trying to make it to a game, or a lesson, or some sort of practice. My kids are tired and fighting and since my husband works out of town so much, I can’t hand things off to him at night. Plus I have been wanting to get my kids more involved in the dinner-making process.
I recently found a really cool idea that might help my dinner time drama, I thought I would share it with you. {And no, I am not being paid to say this — I bought the book on my own}.
I found this cookbook:
The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week 

And I just love it! The concept is that each night of the week has a theme. There are:
  • Monday : Comfort Foods {like soups, casseroles, beef stroganoff..}
  • Tuesday: Italian Night: {lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, penne pasta}
  • Wednesday: Hold The Meat: {fish recipes, linguini, homemade mac & cheese, breakfast for dinner}
  •  Thursday: Mexican Night: {enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, taquitos}
  • Friday: Pizza Night: {all sorts of pizza recipes}
  • Saturday: Grill Night: {Hamburgers, Sloppy Joes, all sorts of BBQ recipes}
  • Sunday: Family Favorites: {pot roast, crock pot recipes, chicken cordon bleu}
Of course, we’ll go out on the weekends sometimes too. But what I’m really excited about is getting my kids involved in dinner. What I’m going to do is:
  • Everyone in the family is going to be in charge of dinner one night a week.
  • On Sundays we are going to meet to decide who wants to do which theme night.
  • Each person will decide on a menu for their day and figure out what groceries they need to make their night’s food and make me up a list.
  • On their night, each person will be in charge of making the dinner, setting the table, clearing up the table and cleaning up the kitchen. 
I think it’s going to be really fun! And if someone knows they are having a test on a certain day and they need to study, they can choose a day that they will have time to make their dinner. I am hoping that it will help my kids learn how to cook, plus it will lighten my load and get them excited about dinner. 
Even Ella {who is 5} will have a night that she is in charge — I will help her. But she loves to make things, she knows how to set the table and I think she will be so proud to make the food for her night and serve it to the family.
Here’s the recipe I’m making for dinner for Pizza Night: 
ARUGULA PIZZA WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA
AND CHERRY TOMATOES
FRIDAY
PIZZA NIGHT
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Oil a pizza pan with olive oil.
2. Prepare the dough and place it on the prepared pan.
3. Slice the fresh mozzarella cheese and place it on the crust, or top with
shredded regular mozzarella.
4. Bake the pizza on the lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust
is brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and
immediately pile the arugula pieces onto the hot melted cheese and top with
the tomatoes. Drizzle on a little olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.
1/2 recipe Basic Pizza Dough (p. 135)
Fresh mozzarella cheese, or shredded regular mozzarella
Fresh baby arugula, torn into pieces
Fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and ground black pepper (see Note)
One 12-inch thin-crust pizza
 What are your secrets for making dinnertime easier at your house?
I really want to know.
XOXO

Real Life: Dinner Dilemmas

29 Mar
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Dinner time is my most dreaded time of the day. It seems like we are always rushing around trying to make it to a game, or a lesson, or some sort of practice. My kids are tired and fighting and since my husband works out of town so much, I can’t hand things off to him at night. Plus I have been wanting to get my kids more involved in the dinner-making process.
I recently found a really cool idea that might help my dinner time drama, I thought I would share it with you. {And no, I am not being paid to say this — I bought the book on my own}.
I found this cookbook:
The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week 

And I just love it! The concept is that each night of the week has a theme. There are:
  • Monday : Comfort Foods {like soups, casseroles, beef stroganoff..}
  • Tuesday: Italian Night: {lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, penne pasta}
  • Wednesday: Hold The Meat: {fish recipes, linguini, homemade mac & cheese, breakfast for dinner}
  •  Thursday: Mexican Night: {enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, taquitos}
  • Friday: Pizza Night: {all sorts of pizza recipes}
  • Saturday: Grill Night: {Hamburgers, Sloppy Joes, all sorts of BBQ recipes}
  • Sunday: Family Favorites: {pot roast, crock pot recipes, chicken cordon bleu}
Of course, we’ll go out on the weekends sometimes too. But what I’m really excited about is getting my kids involved in dinner. What I’m going to do is:
  • Everyone in the family is going to be in charge of dinner one night a week.
  • On Sundays we are going to meet to decide who wants to do which theme night.
  • Each person will decide on a menu for their day and figure out what groceries they need to make their night’s food and make me up a list.
  • On their night, each person will be in charge of making the dinner, setting the table, clearing up the table and cleaning up the kitchen. 
I think it’s going to be really fun! And if someone knows they are having a test on a certain day and they need to study, they can choose a day that they will have time to make their dinner. I am hoping that it will help my kids learn how to cook, plus it will lighten my load and get them excited about dinner. 
Even Ella {who is 5} will have a night that she is in charge — I will help her. But she loves to make things, she knows how to set the table and I think she will be so proud to make the food for her night and serve it to the family.
Here’s the recipe I’m making for dinner for Pizza Night: 
ARUGULA PIZZA WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA
AND CHERRY TOMATOES
FRIDAY
PIZZA NIGHT
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Oil a pizza pan with olive oil.
2. Prepare the dough and place it on the prepared pan.
3. Slice the fresh mozzarella cheese and place it on the crust, or top with
shredded regular mozzarella.
4. Bake the pizza on the lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust
is brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and
immediately pile the arugula pieces onto the hot melted cheese and top with
the tomatoes. Drizzle on a little olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.
1/2 recipe Basic Pizza Dough (p. 135)
Fresh mozzarella cheese, or shredded regular mozzarella
Fresh baby arugula, torn into pieces
Fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and ground black pepper (see Note)
One 12-inch thin-crust pizza
 What are your secrets for making dinnertime easier at your house?
I really want to know.
XOXO

Giveaways make the world a little sweeter!

23 Feb
Thanks for coming by for the Bobbity Boo Giveaway! It goes through Friday!!
There are a couple other really fun giveaways going on that I thought I would tell you about — if you didn’t know about them already.
First, my friend Becca @ The Texas Darlings has a wonderful company called Darling Memoriesshe makes amazing DVD photo slideshows that make great gifts. And right now she is GIVING AWAY a 50-photo slideshow to a lucky person. So go over and enter!
And, my friend Mique @ 30 Days is having a DownEast Basics Clothing giveaway. I love their stuff. Check it out!

I was thinking, I never know about giveaways until it is too late. What if I put some giveaways on my sidebar? If you are having one on your blog or you know about a good one, email me and I will post them to spread the word. We all love giveaways!!!

I hope your week is going well so far! 
I got to go to lunch with my best friend, then three orthodontist appointments and tomorrow we meet with the surgeon to schedule surgery for my daughter’s knee. 
What are you doing this week?
XOXO

Giveaways make the world a little sweeter!

23 Feb
Thanks for coming by for the Bobbity Boo Giveaway! It goes through Friday!!
There are a couple other really fun giveaways going on that I thought I would tell you about — if you didn’t know about them already.
First, my friend Becca @ The Texas Darlings has a wonderful company called Darling Memoriesshe makes amazing DVD photo slideshows that make great gifts. And right now she is GIVING AWAY a 50-photo slideshow to a lucky person. So go over and enter!
And, my friend Mique @ 30 Days is having a DownEast Basics Clothing giveaway. I love their stuff. Check it out!

I was thinking, I never know about giveaways until it is too late. What if I put some giveaways on my sidebar? If you are having one on your blog or you know about a good one, email me and I will post them to spread the word. We all love giveaways!!!

I hope your week is going well so far! 
I got to go to lunch with my best friend, then three orthodontist appointments and tomorrow we meet with the surgeon to schedule surgery for my daughter’s knee. 
What are you doing this week?
XOXO