10.21.2013

Night Terrors Suck.


 
Plain and simple....night terrors just suck.  Big time.

Yes folks, Dude has night terrors.

He doesn't have them too often, but when he does, boy oh boy are they horrible.



Dude has always been a little bit of a hard sleeper.  He wakes up a lot earlier than Princess does, sometimes it's harder for him to fall asleep, and most nights he's tossing and turning and at least once a week he ends up in bed with me and S.

All of those things hold no candle whatsoever to the night terrors that Dude has sometimes.



The first time was absolutely horrible, for all parties involved, and honestly I had no idea what was going on! 



From Kids Health :
A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but with a far more dramatic presentation. Though night terrors can be alarming for parents who witness them, they're not usually cause for concern or a sign of a deeper medical issue.......A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but with a far more dramatic presentation. Though night terrors can be alarming for parents who witness them, they're not usually cause for concern or a sign of a deeper medical issue.....During a night terror, a child might suddenly sit upright in bed and shout out or scream in distress. The child's breathing and heartbeat might be faster, he or she might sweat, thrash around, and act upset and scared. After a few minutes, or sometimes longer, a child simply calms down and returns to sleep....


Hmm. Great.  That's really, really great.

Like I had said, Dude doesn't have them very often, but when he does, he's screaming, and thrashing, and shaking.....and then I start freaking out.

That's right, I. freak. out.

I can't handle my kid screaming the way that he does, in absolute terror.  This is probably why I am completely unable to comfort him while he's having a night terror.  Dude must be able to sense my freaking out on a subconcious level, and then he freaks out even more?  Who knows?  But I do know that S is the only one who has ever been able to calm down Dude when he's having a night terror.

This makes me feel like crap.

S has to take Dude outside to calm him down.  I can just imagine what our neighbors are thinking when they hear the bloodcurdling screams coming from our front yard at 10 at night.......but the police have never called or shown up, so that's a plus.  The reason that S takes Dude outside?  We think that there is a connection between Dude having night terrors and when he's really hot.  Is this true?  We can't really be sure, but we did notice that Dude had them more often over the summer when it was harder to keep his room cooler.  And last night, we had a fire going in the living room fireplace to warm up the house.....So S takes Dude outside to cool down a little, the whole time talking calmly to Dude and asking him questions about what he can see so that Dude will focus on something and wake up a little bit.

obviously this is an old picture, but it's the same thing that happens now when S is getting Dude to calm down......


But winter is coming.  So last night, S sat with Dude on the couch while I sat there stressing out because I had just seen my son staring at his open closet and screaming like something was coming out of it.

For the longest time, I was afraid that Dudes night terrors had something to do with this Situation, but of course there is now way to know what makes Dude have these night terrors.  He doesn't even remember them after S finally gets him to wake up, nevermind being able to remember them in the morning.

I know that there is really no way to stop the night terrors, but I will be looking into it more! 

Maybe then I can stop freaking out when it happens and we can find some ways to stop them.....?


obviously if you want your kids night terrors to stop, you shouldn't take advantage of these kinds of photo ops.....
 

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10.15.2013

Sponsor Spotlight! Amanda & Long Winter Soap Co.


This post is a long time in the making...

Why?  Not because Amanda has sponsored my blog in the past, but because Amanda has actually supported me for a few years now!

That's right people, I actually know Amanda, and I have watched this awesome woman make her soaps, perfume oils, and lip balms!

Oh, you didn't know that Amanda is the entrepreneur of an amazing company?  You didn't know that she makes these ridiculously fabulous products?

Well you do now!
And you need to check them out at her online shop! 
 

Pumpkin Spice Soap!  Just one of the amazing soaps Amada has for sale!
 
 
"This is an essential oil blend for the bad girls. Or the good girls who fall under questionable influence on Halloween, whichever. It's mostly patchouli (that's the witch part) with a hefty amount of dark smokey vanilla, and a touch of star anise and clove."
I need to try this one!!! 
 
 
Annnnnnd then we have one of Amandas most popular items ever!  It's awesome! 
Yes I have tubes of it!!
"Smells just exactly like real imaginary unicorn farts! Which smell like spearmint and pink cotton candy, everybody knows that."
 
 
 
AND you should also know that when Amanda makes her amazing soaps, she has to let them "cure" for some time before she can actually put them up for sale.  SO sooooon she will also have soaps for sale with lovely names like ""Pink Peppermint", "Coal Miner", "Almond Biscotti", "Campfire", and "Lavender Oatmeal"!!!!  I for one, can NOT wait to get my hands on these soaps!
 

You may also be wondering how Amanda has been helping me out, sponsoring me, supporting me for a few years now?  Well, because we actually lived next to each other for a time, back in 2010.  She would hear me constantly vacuuming, and I would smell amazing smells coming from her side of the wall!  We became friends and I got to watch the mixing, and hear about new scents that she was using, and even try some of the soaps!  Amanda encouraged me to get my own Etsy business up and running and gave me so many ideas and tips on what to do to really get my own business running.



And a little bit about Amanda in her own words!

"Long Winter Soap Co. started in 2007 when my youngest daughter, Lucy, was born with red hair and the skin to go with it. Everything made her break out in a rash, which led me to seriously distrust commercial products and revert to my soaping skills to create a recipe she could touch.

Five years later, it's a full time gig. I get up at 6, make coffee, answer convos, get the kids to school (sometimes on time!), answer more convos, pack orders, make stuff, pack more orders, hit up the post office, make more stuff, pack more orders, make peanut butter and jelly sammies, answer more convos, take a pee break, make more stuff... You get the idea.

How is this stuff made? I think the most interesting is the soap. I use the cold process method, which means I take sodium hydroxide (lye), mix it with a liquid, then mix the lye + liquid with a special blend of vegetable oils. I mix all of that until it thickens, add scent and color and all that fun stuff, then pour it into a big long mold. The soap sets up overnight, then is cut into bars and allowed to sit for 4-6 weeks until it's nice and hard and the pH is nice and chill."



Go and check it all out! You're going to love Amanda and her Long Winter Soap Co.!!!



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10.07.2013

Apple Picking and My Pork and Apples Crockpot Recipe!



What does Fall mean?  Well, it means millions of things......and besides the fact that Shipyard Pumpkinhead is back on tap it also means that we get to pick and EAT tons and tons of APPLES!!! 

S and I are lucky in that our kiddos have always LOVED apples!  As in, they BEG for them!  They will grab apples right out of the bag and chomp into them like there's no tomorrow!  I was pretty surprised the first time that I saw Princess do this considering how few teeth she had at the time....

So every year since we have started with our Community Concepts group, I have made sure that we always go on the apple picking trip!  And this third year of going, was so fun! 

Yes, I CAN carry both of my kiddos at the same time!
 

These are NOT the apples that we picked!  These were getting ready to be shipped to the local schools for lunches.
 

The Dude pretty proud of the apples he picked!
 

Princess keeping the chickens company while she eats her third apple of the field trip.....
 
 
 
We got to the local orchard after a quick trip to the grocery store.....because on the drive out to town I had come up with a mouth watering dinner menu, but that meant that I had to pick up a few things first....more about THAT later!
 
We met up with lots of the other kiddos in the same group, hung out looking at the bunnies, chickens, and all the boxes of apples that the family who owns the orchard had already picked, then we headed out to where we were going to be picking.  The funniest thing about this day?  The kiddos decided that they were going to be ridiculously independent that day.  So Dude linked hands with the college age woman who is working with the group (yeahhhh, Dude has a thing for older women with dark hair) and Princess refused to hold my hand!  However, she wouldn't let go of one of the workers hands.  *sigh*  It did give me time to pick a HUGE bag of apples though!    So. Many. Apples!! 
 
Then we all had a picnic lunch and talked about different apple recipes!  I told everyone what I was going to be making in the crockpot later (yes, I AM going to write about that!  I promise!) and I talked about making apple butter with another woman (yup, I made some!)
 
We finally made our way home, very tired, and smelling like applesauce!
 
 
 
And I started cooking!
 
Please keep in mind, that I am HORRIBLE at taking pictures of food!  I swear to you this is an awesome dinner that I basically made up as I went along quite some time ago, and I fall back on it now time and time again! 
 
 

Ingredients: 
-any sort of pork that you want.....I usually use porkchops, but I've also made this with a pork roast.
This particular time I used country style porkchops, which are a bit fattier, and there is a bone, but they cook up awesome in the crockpot.
-one onion, red or white, whichever
-one can of unsweetened applesauce
-some apples of course!  2, 3, 5, however many you want
-salt and pepper

 
 
 
Whenever I cook in the crockpot, I always make A LOT!  So I have two layers of food here.  I put down some porkchops, covered them with about half of the can of applesauce, cored the apples and cut them into maybe 6 pieces (I leave the skin on but of course you can peel them), then add the onions which I also cut into maybe 6 pieces or so.  Add some salt and pepper (if desired) then repeated the layer again.  (Keep in mind that I have a large crockpot!)

 
 
 
You can add a little bit of water, but don't add too much or it will turn into more of a soup...MAYBE a quarter or a third of a cup.  I cooked mine on High for about 5 to 6 hours, but that was because I got it into the crockpot later in the day....if you made this in the morning, just cook it on Low for the day.
 
Please keep in mind that when cooking with my crockpot, I usually fly by the seat of my pants, and the recipe will change every time.  That's the basic recipe though!  Tweak it to suit your needs, add or subtract things as you want!  It's a pretty versatile recipe!  My kiddos can't get enough of it and my hubby always has second and third helpings too even though he's not a huge fan of porkchops!  I hope you and your family love it!!

Like I said, I'm horrible at taking pictures of food, and I forgot to take the picture until we were halfway through eating LOL!!
 
 
That particular night, I also baked an acorn squash that the kiddos and S also couldn't get enough of!  I cut the squash in half, scooped the seeds, put a bunch of butter and brown sugar into the center hole, put the halves into a baking dish and add a little bit of water to almost steam the squash.  I usually cook it at about 400 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.  It's done when the squash is tender when poked with a fork.  For another side I made these awesome brussel sprouts that everyone in my family loves too!!  It was one of the first recipes that I found and used off of Pinterest LOL!  You can find it here!  Brussel sprouts with bacon and apples?  How can you go wrong?!  And we also had garlic bread.....can you just imagine how STUFFED we all were?!


 
 
 
Hope you all try these and love them as much as we all do!



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10.01.2013

Kids VW Beetle Giveaway!!!!


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Dates: 10/1-10/15
Prize: Winner's Choice of a Pink Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Volkswagen New Beetle for GIRL or Blue Power Wheels Hot Wheels Volkswagen Beetle for BOY.


With Christmas fast approaching I thought it was time to come up with something AMAZING! I have teamed up with some of the coolest Bloggers on the block for all you toddler Mommas out there. All you have to do is enter. It is that simple.
What's the Prize? I'm so glad you asked.
Well, if you have a little girl, you can win a Pink Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Volkswagen New Beetle.

Features realistic VW design that is complimented by fresh, new colors from the Barbie pallet
Vehicle goes 2.5 mph forward and reverse
Power Lock Brake System allows for little girls' safe travel
Driver's door opens and closes
Includes 6-volt battery and charger


If you have a little boy you can win a Blue Power Wheels Hot Wheels Volkswagen Beetle.

Cool, sporty and fun Hot Wheels Volkswagen Beetle
Features cool Hot Wheels graphics
Includes 6-volt battery and charger
Drives 2.5 mph (max.) forward and reverse
Door open and closes for easy in and out


So now for the easy part. Just enter the Rafflecopter below. Some entries can be done once a day. 
Good LUCK!

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