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June 8, 2010

Today the kids and I went down to a beautiful Kroger downtown. I got to Participate in the Bringing Hope to the Table program that Kroger has partnered with. They launched with a “Cake-off” where they paired local “celebrities” with Kroger pastry chef’s to decorate a cake.

Shhh! My favorite “celebrity”? I have ALWAYS wanted to meet Erin of Jane4Girls, she is another Houston deal blogger who has an annual grocery budget of $800, you can take a look at her blog HERE.

The kids were mostly well behaved… thank goodness Suzanne D. came with me and herded children while I was cake decorating!

There were 8 of us, we were all given cake decorating supplies and a 1/2 white sheet cake. My pastry chef partner was just as worried as I was I think, if I heard her right, she just started decorating cakes herself! She was a doll and so sweet!

She supervised and I “decorated”. You might notice on my left Sherri Williams form Channel 11, when the kids and I are on T.V. Sherri usually does the interviews. We were surprised to see each other! The Man on my right is the Food Editor for The Houston Chronicle.

Someone just lost their first tooth….

They announced the first 3 winners, very cute prizes, “the most calories”, “the most sprinkles” and, and, and, we can’t remember the last one! Sorry!

Then they announced the Grand Prize… this is my VERY surprised face! We Won!!! I was honestly shocked, those news anchors sure know how to decorate a cake! I did joke and tell them I clearly had an unfair advantage, I decorate at least 7 cakes a year! was awarded with a $1,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank in my name! What a really cool day!

The kids were really excited at first and then after more explanation, they realized the check was not for them 🙂 But when they finally understood they were excited again at how much food it was going to buy for other kids.

Here are some of the cakes, it was not my favorite to be standing in line with all the cute little anchors. I am telling you, if you think they are pretty on T.V. you should see them in person! If they were not on T.V. they should have been in magazines!

Then there was me, with 6 little kids and about to explode with another one! Always humbling to say the least!

We had 2 themes that we had to choose from, I choose Hope and Happiness. So I did a really bright, colorful and fun cake!

The best part at the end, just ask the kids….

We got to take the cake home! Oh goodie!


An Ode To Buc-ee’s?

June 1, 2010
Well, I am not really sure I have anything clever to say about Buc-ee’s.

What the heck is the fascination? My kids will really “hold it” 262 miles if it means that I stop there. They worship the place. They actually pooled their money today to buy Beaver Nuggets (see below) and worse, I almost found my self in line buying a Buc-ee’s t-shirt until I came to my senses!

If you are not familiar with Buc-ee’s, pat yourself on the back, it is a very large truck stop/gas station. Found along major highway’s here in Texas. They are famous for clean bathrooms, beef jerky, homemade fudge and beaver nuggets.

This is the jingle my kids treated us to all day today…

Buc-ee’s is great!
Better than chocolate cake.
Can we have some beaver nuggets?

Then they got stuck because they could never find anything that rhymed with “nuggets”!

I didn’t have time to call my grandma, but I swear she has a recipe for these things. Last time she checked she couldn’t find the recipe. Up North at Hy-Vee, they sell these bags of puffed butter flavored popcorn like things that she used to send me bags of all the time. Then I made a sugary like syrup and poured it all over the puffs. They tasted just like Beaver Nuggets. I have never been able to find them down here.

Does anyone have a recipe like this? I could forever be my kids hero!
Have you ever stopped at a Buc-ee’s?


Decoration Day

May 31, 2010
This is a re-post from last year. It really means a lot to my family to celebrate this Holiday. Thank you to all the Men and Women who have served our country to make it as special as it is.

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to live with my Grandmother in Iowa. I still remember it as the best year of my life. I learned so many things from her and got to know her like I never would have had the chance to. She taught me how to cook, how to clean, how to be on time, what it really means to take care of a house and yard, and showed me many things that I consider traditions. My Grandma never misses the opportunity to visit the grave sites of our family near where she lives. My Grandfather served in World War II and was a prisoner of war.

My Grandma called Memorial Day, Decoration Day and now I do to. Decoration Day started in the South by some strong Southern women. At the end of the civil war, a group of them went out at the end of May and decorated the tombstones of the civil war solders, both North and South. Some didn’t have tombstones of family to decorate so they decorated the ones they could. Many women left what little they had, scraps of fabric and wild flowers. They did it in hopes that someone would be decorating the graves of their loved ones buried far away from home. The tradition grew and was renamed and a National Holiday was born.
But along the way we have lost much of the tradition. So many of us now are transplanted and have no family around to visit, and flowers to leave on grave sites. The spirit of the Day can still remain, don’t loose this tradition. Take your children out and explain what it is all about, visit a veterans cemetery and let them lay flowers on any grave site that they like. Adopt a Grandparent that served in the military, or look for family names similar to yours. Keep the spirit of Decoration Day alive.
This year we “adopted” the parents of a good friend of mine. The Groves were two of the kindest and nicest people you could have ever met. Brother Groves served in two wars and raised a beautiful family. Sister Groves was a gracious and supportive wife who was stunningly beautiful. They lived their lives in a way that I can only hope to live mine. I am so thankful we were able to go out Monday and visit. It was such a spiritual experience for my little family and created such neat conversations with each of the kids, we are more determined then ever to not let the spirit of Decoration Day slip away.

MyLitter’s Tips for traveling with children….

May 30, 2010

This will always be one of my favorite posts. It was such a memorable trip for us last year. But the advice still rings true! So if you are traveling with kids this weekend, you might want to think about a few things…

– Pack everything you THINK you might need and see if your husband can fit it all in.
– Always bring very messy snacks, like sticky candy and powdered donuts.
– Never underestimate how often a 3 year old needs to pee, and never try to call her bluff.
– Pack the diapers and wipes together in the bottom of a suitcase and pack it first so it is hardest to get out.
– #1 thing to do, forget your glasses so your husband has to do the ENTIRE drive by himself while you play on the laptop.

Tips for getting a hotel with 8 people.

– There is a reason they charge $39.99 a room. Fork out the extra $20 for the $59.99 and you might get clean towels.
– Always say, “It’s just my wife and kids” they never could imagine you forgot to tell them about the “other” 4 kids that will be sharing the room also.
– Get 2 queens not 1 king. The king only invites ALL the kids to sleep with you.
– Bring sleeping bags and make the big kids use those.
– Lay all 4 girls the wrong way on the bed… you can only fit 2 the correct way but if you pack them in like sardines you only have to bring in 2 sleeping bags. Hey, their small, and they still think it is fun to be uncomfortable all night.
– NEVER let the baby play with the remote. This is a hotel/motel you never know what channels they have. The 1 year old might flip to something COMPLETELY inappropriate with all the kids watching while Mom is in the bathroom and Dad is cleaning out the car…. They also charge you for the remote when it magically disappears and you can’t return it to the front.

Just a little advice from a Mom and Dad who torture their children by driving everywhere and not flying! 🙂


Guess what this is?

May 24, 2010
I am soooo tempted to play a game with you every week.

“Guess what this is?”

I find the most random things in my kids rooms, backpacks, lunch boxes and under the seat in the suburban that it makes for some good guessing….

Anyone want to guess what this is?

Pretty much what it looks like.

An Egg. But not ANY egg. A 3 month old duck egg that my eco-loving, greenpeace daughter found and brought home in hopes that we could “save” it. I tried to tell her it was already dead, it had been abandoned by the mama for a few days and didn’t make it.

She didn’t believe me.

So we looked up on the internet what to do and got the necessary supplies, held it up to the light, and marked where the yolk was. The plan was to see if the yolk was growing every day. It wasn’t. Did I mention the egg had to be turned every 4 hours and kept at the proper temperature?

So after a week she finally conceded that it had died, we all cried and had a funeral. I explained how bad gotten eggs smelled and asked her to give it to her Dad so he could “bury” it.

Fast forward 2 months!

I found the above egg in my daughters room in the bowl in a corner! Could you imagine what it would have smelled like if it had gotten broken????!!!!!!

I am sure I am the meanest Mother in the entire world, but NO, you can’t keep a rotten duck egg. End of story.


Happy Anniversary!

May 18, 2010

As I laid in bed last night, listening to him breath, I thought of two things that I loved about Paul that I thought I would share.

1. We always laugh. Even when everything sucks we always end up laughing. We mostly laugh at the kids, not in a mean way, but yet still laugh at them! Like, “can you believe that really just happened?” We always have fun. The laughing and fun go hand in hand. Last summer we had a horrible camp site, basically we camped in a parking lot on gravel, it really sucked. But we figured if we didn’t tell the kids how bad it was they would never know. So if we pretend like it is fabulous they will think it is. And we did. We had a great time, and still laugh about it. We have been vomited on and pooped on more times than I care to think about, all funny stuff. We can look back and laugh, and even did at the time, about scraping up change to buy gas in college. We also laughed while we walked Tucker as a newborn around Wal-Mart at 2am because that was the only place that he wouldn’t scream, and wondered if we would ever be able to buy name brand items like, Zip Lock and Del Monte! We laugh when we buy those now because I use coupons and that really tickles us for some reason.

2. I love Paul because he is never critical of me. He has never complained about the house being a mess. If he can’t find a place on the couch to sit down, he moves the clean clothes to the other couch, or puts them away. He has never complained about a meal that I have made, or more importantly have NOT made! He has never said anything about the 5 lbs. from EACH of our children I still have to loose. He never says a word when I start a new project that he knows he will have to help finish. He has never complained when we have gone days without using our kitchen table because I have my painting or jewelry spread out all over it. I really can’t think of anything that he has ever asked me to do. If I need something he always makes it happen. I really appreciate the ‘freedom’ that he allows me to do the things that I want to do. Last fall I wanted to take a jewelry class that I could only find offered in Austin. He made it happen, paid for it, watched the kids, helped me out the door at 5am so I made it there by 9am and he took care of a still nursing baby for 15 hours while I was gone.

Happy Anniversary!


A Day in the Life of a 2 year old!

May 7, 2010

This is a little video that I put together of funny moments

I happened

to catch of my 2 year old…

It was very random that I caught any of it!
Most of the time,

even with a video camera I miss the good stuff.

At the end of this video she actually fell asleep on my
husbands shoulders!

Moments like there are priceless,
My husband caught me posting this tonight and
watched it twice through.
He sighed and said
“what happened to our little baby,

she is a girl now!’

It makes me really want to capture these moments even more!

Juice Box jungle want to get the word out that Canon has released the PowerShot SX210 IS, which combines the ability to take great photos & also shoot high definition video. Canon and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and talk about what shooting video means to my family.


Beware Random Post! I made the New York Daily News!

May 6, 2010

Wow, thanks to I made it in the New York Daily news today! Check it out HERE!

Kinda cool!


Honestly, I really don’t care….

April 15, 2010

A break from the deals for a moment…
My dog has run away for the 5th time in 3 days. I hate him. If my husband is here he is perfectly behaved. He plays in the front yard and never thinks of leaving. If my husband is not here, and he can manage to get onto the driveway or in the front yard he takes off. And I mean BOLTS down the street, than I end up spending an hour trying to catch him. So yesterday he took off and I didn’t chase him, I was so angry. When my husband got home he jumped in the car and found him a few blocks away. Today he bolted again. It was late afternoon and I had to get kids to practices, so I just left, I was so mad I didn’t really care if he ever came back. We got home after dark and he wasn’t around. So I got the kids ready for bed and left our side door open and sure enough about 30min after we got home he came running in the house. I was a little relieved for the kids sake.
I have had it with him, this is the first dog I have ever owned. He is a 18mo old labradoodle. I was probably not firm enough with him in the beginning and I suppose I am paying for it now? Any suggestion from the dog people out there??
P.S. Our cat has been missing for 5 days now. I fear the worst. It is a bad time to be a pet in my house!


What is with men?? + coupon :)

April 5, 2010

Last year the toy of choice for all the neighborhood men was the chain saw. No one would be out, but if any man started one up all the neighborhood guys would slowly put the remote down and wander outside. They would all stand around and watch the guy with the chain saw, wishing it was them, asking “do you need any help with that?”

This year the new coveted toy it the propane torch. Our neighbor has one and last week he was out killing his weeds with it. My husband was mesmerized. 

” I need one of those.” He says.

” Good thing your birthday is only 50 weeks away.” I tell him.

“Just think of how fast we could get the garden done and in….” Hmmmm tempting.

This Saturday we stopped by a friends house and wouldn’t you know it, they had one also. Now my husband starts whining, “I am the only person who does not have one.” 

** Let me remind you, he is a grown man and can go buy one for himself at ANY time.

Saturday afternoon we start putting in our garden, we had weeded it the week before but had to start almost all over again. My husband gladly volunteered to run to Home Depot for some supplies. Hours later I called to make sure he didn’t get lost coming home…

“I am looking for a flame thrower, they are SOLD OUT everywhere!”

Poor guy. He had to settle for a cheap, no big flame knock-off version. It wasn’t what he expected, but he and my 12 year old son spent the rest of the day killing weeds and harassing mounds of fire ants!

But, to top off an almost perfect weekend, we came home last night from Easter dinner with the family to find that someone had left THE PERFECT TORCH sitting by our back door! I am not sure who knew Paul wanted one as bad as I did or even found one anywhere this weekend, but I have an idea! It wasn’t the Easter Bunny, but he was just about as happy!

** So if you need a propane refill for your torch or for your grill go HERE (sort by household!) and print a coupon for $2.00 off a refill!