A Promise to my Little Puddin’ Face

As I mentioned previously, my son can be a bit picky and has a “touch test” for his food.  I completely mostly blame myself for that characteristic and also the one that defines the fact that he doesn’t care to get dirty.

This morning, my husband thought it would be a cool idea to dump strawberry pudding onto his high chair tray and let him “have at it.” That he may enjoy it that way and might actually eat something that was not crunchy. I cringed at agreed. The whole time I felt uneasy and a bit disturbed that I was allowing my child to get dirty. I instantly went upstairs and prepared his bath. Keith stated that Easton didn’t absolutely have to get a bath right that moment – that we could simply wipe him down. I insisted otherwise. Keith just shook his head and let me do as I wish, because he knew there was no point in arguing. While Easton enjoyed his bath time a little earlier than planned this morning, it finally hit me…

When he was an itty bitty baby, I would rush to wipe his face or hands if he got the smallest bit of something on him. I thought that was my duty – to help him with things that he couldn’t do. I know I wouldn’t want something on my face or hands. However, now that he is a toddler, learning independence and needs to be “all boy,” I realized that my actual mommy duty was to allow him to be a kid. Kids get dirty, they eat with their hands, they put peanut butter in their hair… it is part of it.

So my promise to you, Easton, is to let you be you…hopefully, with the help and encouragement of your Daddy and me, you will find the joy in finger painting, playing in mud, and any other activity that makes you smile. Even if it requires a little extra soap or an ‘un-scheduled’ bath, I hope that those are memories that last a life time…as those most special moments are rarely planned. I love you, Easton!



Feeling a little more “cheeky”

After having oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth yesterday, I thought I would give you guys an update. This is how I feel:

Source: TheBlogIsMine 

In high school, I was nicknamed “cheeks” by a few friends of mine. I am definitely living up to that name right about now! However, I am doing well. The swelling is starting to decrease, as well as the pain. Hopefully, it will be worth the effort (and down time) and by next week I will be sleeping better and having fewer headaches.

I digress…

Have a great holiday weekend, Readers!

Fantastic Foto Fridays 5.25.12

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

~ Norman Schwarzkopf

(U.S. Army officer who commanded Operation Desert Storm, b.1934)

 Source: Flickr – Paul Marotta, Perfect Bokeh Photography

To all those who have served, who are serving and who will serve:

Thank you for your courage, commitment and sacrifice.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Tuesday Tutorial: Removing Labels and Mason Jar projects

I have been known to hoard keep my share of glass jars and bottles. You know… just in case. And, actually, they have come in handy for several things such as bulk food storage, gift containers, and taking up space in my crafting area.

I remember drinking out of a small mason jar with a handle as a child when we visited with my grandparents. I think that was “my” glass. I also get a little giddy when I visit my Mom’s and see a mason jar in the cabinet.

Mason Jars, and other glass jars, seem to be all the rage in decorating these days—Country Chic? Of course, I am a big fan. You can visit almost any crafting or decorating blog and find some kind of something about mason jars. Heck, head on over to Pinterest. I know you can ‘pin’ some ideas there.

When decorating with and up-cycling mason jars, you will usually need to remove those pesky labels, which is not always the easiest of tasks. I have a simple way of doing just that. So easy and saves your fingernails from peeling away at the tacky glue and paper!

You will need:

-Your Jar/Bottle of choice

-A large plastic bowl

-Dish detergent

-A pretty stout hard back book

-Hot water

-A rough dish scrubber

  1. Gather your choice of jars/bottles that you want to remove labels from. I love the mason jars that this brand of spaghetti sauce comes in. They have the measurements and the word ‘mason’ on them!
  2. Put a medium amount of dish detergent into the bowl. Add hot water. (Tip: You will only want enough water so that you can also submerge the jar. So…I recommend fill it with the jar of choice in the bowl.)
  3. Now, with the jar standing in the water, place the heavy book on top. This will keep it from bobbing about while the magic is occurring. Let it sit this way for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the jar from the water and pull off your label. You should be able to remove it in one piece with no issues. However, you may still have the adhesive residue on your jar as I did on these.
  5. Take your dish scrubber and run it across the adhesive area. This shouldn’t take too much elbow grease. Once the adhesive is removed, simply run your jar under some water to remove any residue. Tah-Dah!

Here are some cute ideas for your hoarded collected jars and bottles:

Little Miss Momma’s Painted Jar Centerpieces

 Not Just a House Wife’s Mason Jar Wall Planters


MSN Living featured Country Living’s Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


Little Bit Funky’s Mason Jar No-Spill Drink Jars