Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ninja Turtle Hand Print Ornament

Ninja Turtle Handprint Ornaments

Have you seen the Hand Print Snowman Ornaments this year? I originally saw it in a kit a few years ago, but everyone seems to be making their own this year. They are all over the blogoshere. Cute, easy and cheap.

Snowmen Handprint Ornament Craft Kit - Great Gift for Grandparents, Teachers (Red)

Well, I couldn't just do the simple snowmen. Nope not in this Ninja Turtle obsessed house. I thought I'd just turn them in to turtles. Such a simple thing to do, right?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sometimes I forget what is really important.

Earlier today I logged on to Facebook to post something about the world not operating on my time table:

  • J was up about 4:30 am for the 4th morning in a row
  • my computer was running slow
  • I needed an answer from tech support and it took a few hours in coming
  • etc. etc.
But I was immediately greeted by this post from one of my dearest friends since Junior High:

I am thankful for having the honor of being a mom to one of God's most amazing creations - for 16 years, 4 days, 3 hours, and 59 minutes to be exact. How I wish I could have more!
As the tears streamed down my face, it instantly put my petty nonsense in perspective.

Her daughter went on ahead of us to be with God two years ago after battling Ewing's Sarcoma: Bone Cancer.

Cancer sucks! All cancers suck! In case you didn't know.

But I bet you did know that. I bet you know either someone that has it or has a loved one that has.

And since this is the season to be thankful and giving, may I suggest you join me in a donation to Stand Up To Cancer this Giving Tuesday?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Toy Purge Time

It was time for "the talk" with my six year old. No not THAT one, hubby gets to have that discussion in a few years. This talk was about "giving to those less fortunate".

I explained there were some little boys whose parents couldn't afford to buy them any toy they wanted, and this time of year we can do two things:
  • donate our old toys
  • buy a new toy and donate it to a charity drive.
He seemed to get it, until he saw the brand new box of Legos I bought for the Angel Tree gift at church. 

"I'll have that one and you can give them some of my other toys." Sigh. After I re-explained it, and promised him he could help wrap the gift and take it to church he seemed okay with it. I still hid the box. Mommy isn't that foolish.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What I have learned in my 300 blog posts

I could write word upon word about Blogger burnout that few if any will bother reading. 

Instead I am going to teach by example and go spend time with my favorite two people in the world. 

Happy Sunday to you all!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Is Your Math Anxiety Hampering Your Child?

Your child comes home with Math Homework, that awful Common Core Math Homework no less. He/she needs help. The method being demonstrated is different than you were taught.

How do you react?

  • Go on a rant about Common Core and how it is ruining our children?
  • Throw your hands up and say you were horrible at math and tell them to figure it out themselves or ask their teacher?
  • Just give the child the answer because you are too tired to figure out how to help them and, let's face it, no one really needs Math in real life now that we have calculators and computers?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Don't be a Photo Hoarder!

One of my biggest pet peeves right now are the picture hoarders in my life. Those people that have their camera at the ready at gatherings of family and friends, clicking away like a fiend and then let those pictures sit on their memory cards to die a slow silent death until they are deleted to make room for more...sniff sniff.

I am trying to be good and get in the picture like we moms have been reminded we need to do. See...

Plenty of people have taken pictures of my son.

And there are so many I have never gotten to see. In this day and age you don't even need to print them. With a few clicks they can be shared via e-mail, text, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Google +, Shutterfly, Flickr, Snapfish, whatever.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blogging Financial Errors

What I didn't know about Blog Financials Cost Me $100
Last week I figured out a few things that have been costing me money with That Recipe and I have no one to blame but myself.

First I discovered that I have been paying twice what I should for monthly hosting.

Mom set up the account originally with "company X" and they were bought by Yahoo. When I took over I just kept things the way they were because I didn't know any better. IGNORANCE CAN BE COSTLY!

I noticed my available memory was getting a bit low so I clicked on the "upgrade plan" just to check things out. For half the price I had been paying before I went from 4GB to 500,000GB plus a bunch of other goodies. I could blame Yahoo for not telling or for gauging me all of this time, but I should have looked into it sooner.

I also had Yahoo take over my DNS which was with another company that spams me constantly. Ok, technically it isn't SPAM, I do business with them so they put me on their newsletter that they send daily! Ugh. not anymore! The only bad thing was I lost the ability to update anything on the blog for 24 hours while the switch took place.

When I looked into adding another ad placement on the site I noticed that the one Above the Fold ad I had been running was only on my home page. PROBLEM! Most of my traffic goes directly to the blog posts and no ads were running on those. My traffic per the ad tracking site just doubled overnight.

And in more good financial news I made 2 cents on this weekend. Woohoo! if this keeps up my expensive little hobby might not cost me anything but time and ingredients before too long.