Food, Parenting

Summer Crafts Week One Recap

If you have been following us on Instagram, you have seen all of the fun things we have been doing this summer.  Our van is down, so we are limited on where we can go for a while so I decided to pick out a ton of fun crafts and snacks to do with the kids.  We have been doing about 2-3 crafts a week along with a crafty snack which is the most fun. […] Continue reading »

Parenting

Parents of Many

I am a mom of many and sometimes I laugh at myself when I realize some of the things I think and say. 

Have you ever misplaced your baby?  You are folding laundry or doing the dishes and you turn to look at that sweet face in the swing, but they aren’t there.  You check the floor in the living room.  Not there.  Did she roll under?  I bend down…  Hmm.  What is that that just brushed against my si- OOooooh.  There’s the baby. […] Continue reading »

Entertainment, Uncategorized

Make Summer Fun with a Pogo Pass!

Hey parents in the DFW area (and others)!!  Are you looking for a cheap, budget friendly way to keep your kids from whining about how bored they are all summer?  I know I am!  I have 7 kids ranging from 1 to almost 13 so it’s kind of hard to please everyone.  I discovered the most AWESOME thing called the Pogo Pass.  It gives you admission into a whole bunch of venues that will be sure to please everyone. 

From Hawaiian Falls to the Video Game Museum, here in the DFW Metroplex there are so many fun family activities.  We usually end up getting one family membership to one place because they are pretty pricey but it never really seems worth it when we only go a few times a year.  Of course, it’s worth it financially, but my kids get tired of going to the same place over and over.  With the Pogo Pass, you get 1-12 entries into a whole bunch of places to you can go do something new each time. […] Continue reading »

Lifestyle

My Crunchy #LocalLegends

Brought to you by summer lovin’, Texas heat, and Gymboree. If you make a purchase via these links, we’ll be compensated.

We usually have pretty low-key summers.  Being a large family, it costs a lot to go lots of places and do lots of things.  Occasionally doing some crafts, playing video games and swimming is our typical summer.  This summer is going to be EPIC!  We will also be taking our crafting to another level and sharing everything on Instagram as well as the blog here.  We plan on becoming local legends!! […] Continue reading »

Lifestyle

Poor People Like Ice Cream, Too

I didn’t ever anticipate that I would one day be a single mom of five children.  Being a single parent is always hard, but being on public assistance is even worse.  The looks you get, the comments you hear.  “I bet she keeps having kids to get more free handouts.”  “Wow, that’s a lot of food.”  Well, I do have a lot of mouths to feed.  As a parent, you want to give your kids what they like and want.  

Being a food stamp recipient is not easy.  I would always feel like a burden when I used it or tried to hide it so no one could see what I was using to pay.  I always felt like I was being judged with every item that ran across the scanner.  What were people thinking?  “Why is this woman buying five boxes of toaster strudels and two gallons of ice cream?  Oh my GAWD, she’s paying with FOOD STAMPS?”  These people didn’t know that I was a struggling single mom.  They didn’t know they I worked every little job I could find.  They didn’t know that my ex, the father of my children, was in prison and I was getting no child support.  They didn’t know how my children’s faces lit up when I told them we were having the rare treat of ice cream for dessert. […] Continue reading »

Entertainment

Dallas Arboretum’s Autumn Festival 2017: Wizard of Oz

The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go around the DFW area.  I received complimentary tickets to take my family to visit for their fall pumpkin exhibit which I have been wanting to check out again for YEARS.  The last time I was there for this exhibit, my oldest (who is 12!!) was in Pre-K.  Fall is definitely my favorite season and our last trip to the Arboretum, we just missed the pumpkin display.  This year, there was a really cool Wizard of Oz theme that we all enjoyed. 

It was a little windy, but otherwise, the weather was perfect.  My second oldest, Remy, was being a grouch which is why he isn’t in a couple of the group pictures but once he remembered how awesome the Arboretum was, he started having fun.  What I love most about this place is that it gives me a great backdrop for super cute pictures to send to family AND there are loads of things for my kids to do so they don’t get BOOOORRRREEEEDDD. 

The Children’s Garden is full of fun activities that teach you about things like solar power and water energy.  My kids really love playing in the water as well as in the big tree house.  Ok, maybe my four-year-old wasn’t a huge fan of the tree house.  He isn’t much for heights and I can’t blame him there.  We had fun getting lost in the maze though! […] Continue reading »

Lifestyle

It’s been a while…

Oh, hi!  It’s been quite a while since I have been on here.  Last year was a doozy.  There was some extreme ups at the beginning of the year and then everything kind of fell apart for a while.  Lots of extreme downs.  Loss, abuse, depression, stress, sadness, confusion. 

2016 was not always kind to me. […] Continue reading »