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Reward Tickets

Do you use reward incentives with your children?
If so, you may want to download these super cute reward tickets from Ambrosia Girl, they’re free!

Like everything in life, if you choose to use a reward system with your children, it should be done in moderation. Otherwise, you may end up with kids who are always looking for “what they can get” before doing anything.

Rewards are nice. Who doesn’t like to be rewarded or receive a special treat? But, our children should learn to do things without always expecting something else in return. Sometimes, satisfaction comes from within and it is our duty as parents to teach that to our youngsters.
Even if we sometimes like to try to bribe them to eat chicken!

Thanks Ambrosia Girl for sharing your cute tickets!
I’m also a huge fan of 1-2-3 Magic.

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Cooking vs. Preparation

Now that I am embracing my personal verse for the year, I’ve decided that this isn’t my season to cook. Which really works out great since apparently this isn’t my children’s season to eat a variety of foods either.

Three things that I’ve recently discovered are:

Amy’s Mac & Cheese. You find it in the frozen section. This is so good. I especially love how I can pop it in the microwave. Yeah, it’s sad when you are microwaving mac and cheese—-but this is truly good.
No Pudge Brownies.

Who knew nonfat could taste so good?
Of course eating the whole pan in one sitting probably discounts any caloric savings. Not that I’ve done that personally of course.

And finally my latest favorite, Alexia frozen breads. The french rolls look and taste wonderful. Throw a couple in the oven and you are good to go. Which makes me wonder if you couldn’t just make some and freeze them yourselves? And by you, I really mean you, since I’m quite content to buy the frozen stuff this season of my life.

I hope Big Daddy loves my new personal verse as much as I am starting to. I guess it is time to subscribe to Semi-homemade…man, why didn’t I think of being the semi homemade Chef first?

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My verse for the year

There is a time for everything
and a season for every activity under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

I first read about selecting a personal verse for the year on MaryBeth Whalen’s blog and though it has taken me some time to find the right verse, its timing is perfect for me as I prepare for another school year and a move into a new home.

I want to do everything and then get frustrated when I cannot.
I take on all manner of tasks, no matter how full my plate already is and snip at Big Daddy when he golfs. It is not his golfing that annoys me, so much as the fact that he has time to golf. But that is really my issue. I am in charge of my time and since I do not prioritize restful periods, I don’t get them. I have only myself to blame.

I would do well to reflect on this verse as I contemplate our upcoming school year and the eventual move. What verse would you do well reflecting upon this year?

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Not your typical Trophy Wife…

As the Road Warrior’s younger second wife, I’m technically supposed to be the Trophy Wife. That means my days should be spent getting my nails done, lunching with the girls and driving the Jag (Jaguar) to the gym.

The only problem with that is:

a.) While I love pedicures, I cannot stand sitting still for manicures because I’m all about multi-tasking and how will I read a book, or plan out my homeschool lesson plans if I cannot use my hands?

b.) We don’t have a Jaguar. You cannot fit 4 Britax car seats in there. Go figure.

c.) I’m not a fan of going to the gym. Or working out. I’m lazy like that.

d.) We have four children under the age of 7. I think trophy wives usually only have one token accessory child. Otherwise, they might suffer from excessive hair loss or not have time for manicures or lunching with the girls. Plus, as I said before, you cannot fit four car seats in a Jaguar.

e.) Who has time for lunch with the girls when you have field trips, nature study, homeschooling, co-op, blogging (here, here, and here) and writing reviews for Heart of the Matter or homeschooling articles for the Examiner?

I also suspect it also doesn’t hurt if you have a full time nanny or your own reality show. But ultra private Big Daddy won’t be going for the reality show thing anytime soon—and I’m not so sure that fans of The Real Housewives of NJ will find me as interesting to watch. Unless they like stories of when Homeschooling goes bad or how I can manage to kill a resurrection plant but hatch gecko eggs in an incubator!

So, I guess I’m not your typical Trophy Wife.

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Be nice to me. I might talk about you on my blog

Have you seen these t-shirts from Planet Mom T-shirts?
There are many more, including Trophy Wife, Botox Free and Nanny Deprived.What do you think?
Cute, or not so much?


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