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Birthdays and Beginnings


Mommie Dommie Birthday Pics
Miss Shannan and Cyclone Kid Birthday Month 2017
March is “Birthday Month” at our house. Cyclone Kid turned 9 at the beginning of the month. I’ll hit 44 at the tail end of March. A month of celebrations and a month of “annual check-ups,” as well.
Physicals for both of us, and I learned few things. We’re both happy. We’re both healthy. But, we’re both a little “heavy.”
Even though Cyclone Kid and I are active people, we weren’t active enough to stave off the winter weight gain. As the mom, I let us slip and now we’ve got some ground to make up to get our Body Mass Index in check and get back into shape.
Goals are great. Realistic goals are better. Over the next 6 months I have two weight-related goals for us:
  • For Cyclone Kid: Keep him at his current weight, so he can “Grow Into It.”
  • For Me: Lose 8 pounds and gain muscle.
I’m not telling him he’s on “diet,” or that he needs to lose weight. I’m not making a big deal about using the word “exercise.” For the next six months, I’ll find new, fun ways that we can be more active and get in better shape.
Remember, I said, HE’S HAPPY. My main concern is to keep him that way. Happy. Healthy. Confident. Just a little less “heavy.”
It will be an interesting adventure.
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Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?

As parents we all want the safest environments for our kids, but when dealing with children with Autism and special needs, consistency is even more important to keeping them safe. I would never want my child restrained in some of the ways we’ve heard about recently in the national news.

My mother-in-law shared this article with me, and I’ll share it with you.

1 in 88 Can’t Wait.

Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?.

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We dub him, Dominic Took. On a journey there and back again.

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Today My Toddler Taught Me – Don’t Waste Time Waiting for the Perfect Day. Take the Time to Make Your Day Perfect.

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Today my Toddler Taught Me – Anticipating what we can do later, may have us waiting on things for a very long time.

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I’m getting back on the Mamavation bandwagon. Over the past two months, I’ve had a lot of things happening all at once.

(Deep Breath)
• We bought a new house, but it’s a foreclosure and needs A LOT of work.
• I booked a bunch of comedy shows between now and the end of the year.
• We put our 2 ½ year old Toddler Tornado into speech therapy hoping that his adorable gibberish will miraculously develop into English.
The hubs and I are so cute.
All while still having my day job and an ever mounting pile of laundry that looms in our bedroom like a giant evil monster. It never slows down. At first I was miserable even thinking about all the things I wanted to do – should do – couldn’t do. Everything. Then I got it together and just let some crap go.
The best thing I’ve learned over this really busy time is that I have limitations. I want to do everything: but I can’t. So I admitted that I should take a break from the Mamavation Sistahood. (Thanks Lori @gutimon for your patience.) I deferred my Half Marathon registration to next year’s event. I kept my expectations on our moving date in check. I let the laundry pile up and now our Todder can use it as a slide. Huzzah.

I’m more at peace now. I’ve managed to stay healthy mentally and physically.  I’ve realized that some things just take a while. They have to develop in their own time.To enjoy life you have to let things run their course and that course can be long and full of twists and turns.

Last November, I posted healthy versions of my favorite Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed it, so here we go again. We’ll start with a new Herb Stuffing recipe I’ve found. Yummm, I can’t wait for my house to smell like the herbs and spices in this awesome recipe. Please let me know what you think.
Have a great week Mamavation ladies. And I hope have some time to breath this week.

Herb Stuffing

Makes 12 1-cup servings

1 1-pound loaf whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 ounces spicy or regular bulk turkey sausage (or purchase links and remove casing)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 large stalks celery, very thinly sliced
1 large (10-ounce) red onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
12 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
3 cups natural, fat-free chicken broth

1/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes evenly on two large baking pans. Brown in oven for about 25 minutes.

In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes, breaking into small pieces as it browns; place in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion, garlic, and sage. Lightly brown, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer broth, cranberries, and butter for about 10 minutes.

Add celery mixture, bread cubes, and cranberry broth to sausage. Stir until broth is absorbed. Season with salt to taste.

Evenly spread stuffing in pan; cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts per serving:
Servings Per Recipe 12 1-cup servings

Total Fat (g)9
Saturated Fat (g)3
Carbohydrate (g)25
Fiber (g)3
Protein (g)8
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Today my toddler taught me… Yes, you can swing it by yourself. But it helps to have someone give you a little push.

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Today My Toddler Taught Me… Once in a while it’s good to see things through other people’s point of view.

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Share Your Disney Moment To Win Tickets To Disney Live At The Xcel Energy Center

I’ve been a Disney fan forever. So much so, that I took my Fan-dom to the next level and worked at Disneyland when I was in college. It was a magical summer working in the Disneyland Wardrobe Department, getting characters ready to go out and meet thousands of other fans as they visited the theme park. As I worked there, I really got to know a lot about Disney and the more I learned, and it all made me a love Disney even more.

Well, now I live in Minnesota, so I’m glad that Mickey has loaded up his tour bus and is bringing his Disney Magic to me here in the Midwest.

“Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show” is coming to the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, October 24th. I’m so excited to take my Toddler Tornado to see Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Goofy on-stage in what is sure to be an adorable magic show.

If you want to buy tickets to the show you can grab them from Ticketmaster (Mickey’s Magic Show)

But they’ve given me the chance to bring you to the show, too. I’m giving away Family Four packs of tickets to Mickey’s Magic show. I’ll pick 2 (two) winners next Wednesday, October 20th at 12 pm cst.

Mickey’s Magic Show – Mad Hatter
To enter, leave a comment below sharing your Disney Magic Moment. It can be anything- like the first time you watched a Disney Film with you family, or the time your dog chewed up you Mickey Mouse ears. It’s up to you, and you can leave one comment each day between now and 10/20/10.

For extra entries, you can also Tweet or Facebook about this contest.

For instance…  My friend @MissShannan is giving away tickets to Mickey’s Magic Show at the Xcel Energy Center. Enter at http:\\

Cut and paste that if you like. Just come back here and leave a comment with the link so that you get your extra entry. Then check back here Next Wednesday October 19th, to see if you’re a contest winner.

Easy enough? I hope so. Get to sharing those Magic Moments and I hope to see you at Mickey’s Magic Show.
(This contest is open to Minnesota and Wisconsin residents only.)

Mickey’s Magic Show – Broom Scene