Do you know what it is?  

Posted by: Julie

This is a picture of the inside of my dryer.

See all that blue looking stuff all over it?

Do you know what it is?

It's gum! 

Gum that a child left in their pants

Gum that went through the wash

Gum that was in a blue wrapper

Gum that ended up


Cough Syrup Update  

Posted by: Julie

I've been giving my oldest son the homemade cough syrup since Wednesday morning.
It helps about as much as the over the counter stuff.

I have used Delsym  and it works okay.
Nothing great as far as my kiddos go.
Bummer :(

For super bad coughs I'd probably see my doctor to get a strong cough syrup. My son had a cough so bad he couldn't get ANY sleep for days. For that one we called the DR. It was a MUST for us at that time.

Sometimes they REALLY don't like to prescribe cough meds, but if it's bad enough it's really the way to go (for us anyway) 

Back to the homemade stuff...

So far it hasn't made the cough stop, BUT it does seem to lessen the cough.

I like the fact that I can give it to him as needed and not worry about over doing it.

I like that even my little boy (my 3 yr old) can use it safely.

I also like that I have the ingredients on hand and that it is easy to make.

I will continue to give it to him and will most likely use it again in the future :)

Whole lot of coughing going on!  

Posted by: Julie

My son has a cough.

A yucky, deep cough.

Have you found a cough syrup that actually works?

I haven't but I'm going to give this a try

Basically it's cooked honey and onions and you can add various herbs to boost the benefits of the syrup.

I made some this morning and just gave dear son a dose :)

Now, let's see if it helps.

It can't hurt :^)

Menu Plan...Friday?  

Posted by: Julie

I make weekly menus, do you?
Lots of folks do and many participate in Menu Plan Monday.
I love to participate in Menu Plan Monday,
but I don't plan my menus to start on Mondays.
Usually, I'm shopping on Thursdays so my menus need to run Thurs to Wed.

Anyway, I'm posting my menu here because it helps me keep up with what I have planned, plus this week I'm going to be doing some cooking to share with my mom and dad, so mom can pop over here and see the dinner choices :^)

I'm not planning a set dinner for a specific day. I know I need dinners for 6 days then I'll just fix them on the nights that suit best.

1. Spaghetti, bread, salad

2. Tacos, rice, beans

3. Ham, macaroni & cheese, butter peas

4. Pork Tenderloin, broccoli, (still need a side dish here)

5. Hamburgers, fries, baked beans

6. (haven't decided yet)

Go Upward!  

Posted by: Julie

My dear daughter Jessica has been wanting to do cheerleading for quite sometime now. I was not ready to do the whole cheerleading / youth association thing so I've been putting her off. So this year when our church had sign ups for Upward Cheerleading she jumped at the chance!

Isn't she a cutie?
A girl after my own heart....a cheerleader!

I was a cheerleader in highschool
many moons ago.
It sure is coming in handy now since I ended up coaching her cheerleading squad!
(How did THAT happen???)

I do admit that I'm having a really good time teaching these sweet young girls
and it is really special getting to share it with Jessica.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes  

Posted by: Julie

I'm trying really hard to get back to everyday cleaning around my house.
One thing that makes my life MUCH easier is to have cleaning wipes in the bathrooms so I can easily "swish and swipe" my counters. The only problem is that the cleaning wipes you purchase are small and can be expensive (unless you get a good deal and a coupon!). So, I make up a large container of homemade cleaning wipes and stash them under the counter in each bathroom. They are SO super easy to do:

I use concentrated Lysol (purchaed for next to nothing using sales and coupons), good paper towels and a plastic container that has a top.

I pull off all the paper towels and stuff them into my container.

Then I used 3 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup Lysol cleaner

and poured it all over the paper towels.
Talk about super simple!

So, how do they work?

Here is my yucky bathroom counter after 4 kiddos brush their teeth.
Gosh, what messy little critters they are LOL!

I grabbed a wipe and swiped over the counter and sink and

Ahhh.....MUCH better!